High School Students Get Steamed Over Special Project


| July/August 1987

  • Engines
    These four engines were completely installed by the high school engineering students.
  • HP Avery
    Photo courtesy of Sam Myers of W. Milton, Ohio
  • Bottle Frame
    #1 engine is an 1896 ''bottle frame'' type.
    Sam Myers
  • Engine
    #2 engine was built by the Clarage Company.
  • Engine
    #4 engine formerly ran a stoker for the Jersey Central Railroad.
  • 2-cylinder marine
    Engine #3 is a 2-cylinder marine type. It is equipped with Stephenson valve gear.
  • Turbo generatory

  • Reciprocating Pumps
    These 3 reciprocating pumps were rebuilt by the students.
  • Turbo generatory

  • Boiler
    The school's boiler room completely operated and maintained by the students.

  • Engines
  • HP Avery
  • Bottle Frame
  • Engine
  • Engine
  • 2-cylinder marine
  • Turbo generatory
  • Reciprocating Pumps
  • Turbo generatory
  • Boiler

Chief Engineer, North Jersey Museum of Power and Steam Inc. 29 Marshall Avenue Little Ferry, New Jersey 07643.

Many Iron-Men Album readers will have an interest in a project being carried out by a unique group of students at a New Jersey high school.

The stationary engineering class of the Bergen County Vocational Technical High School in Hackensack New Jersey, is engaged in what has come to be known as the 'engine room project'.

This ambitious project consists of the installation, restoration and regular operation of 4 steam engines in the school's boiler room.



The 4 engines, all rescued from local plants are now fully operational with cosmetic restoration now underway.

The oldest engine, #1, was built in 1896 by the Donegan & Swift Company of New York and formerly drove a lineshaft in a Maywood, N.J. factory. This engine is of the classic 'bottle frame' type with steam admission controlled by a simple slide valve.