James Watt Steam Engine: Iowa Club Obtains Historic 1799 Item, Boring Mill
Moving 60 HP Watt engine took planning
The Watt engine and the late Leighton Wilke in his Hall of Mechanical Evolution.
The original 1799 James Watt steam engine, as found by Iowa's Cedar Valley Engine Club after a chance phone call from the DoAll Co. in Des Plaines, Ill.
The Watt engine's first flywheel section being removed. This spoke was damaged in the last moving process and pinned to keep it lined up. Steve Montag is on the gear behind the spoke to guide it from hitting anything.
The Watt engine work continues: Jason Skillen and Steve Montag are running the drill while Mike Shanks steadies the flywheel against the vibration from drilling. The men are removing the pins that held the flywheel together.
The Watt Engine, as the process begins to take the first section of the flywheel apart. Steve Montag is turning the wrench and Mike Shanks is standing on the gear.
The Watt engine up close: Some of the piping is taken apart below floor level. Quite a bit of the working components of this engine were located below floor level.
For the move of the Watt engine, the first trailer is being loaded and readied for the trip to the Cedar Valley show grounds. The walking beam and connecting rod are in the front of the trailer and the steam cylinder and support pillars are in the rear of the trailer.
The Watt engine's brass works, next tot the steam cylinder, were taken apart for the move. The parts were all wrapped in shrink wrap and labeled. Brass and cast iron, what great building materials.