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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, February 6, 2015

Because It's Friday

A stationary steam engine in a Siamese rice mill:

I imagine that they keep these things in use because the boilers are fired with rice husks, which are a by-product of the milling process. So their fuel costs are near zero.


S O said...

Open flywheel.
Work safety ftw, yay!

Charles Pergiel said...

Very cool. I wonder how old it is, and where it came from. England, do you suppose?

B said...

Either England or the USA.

THese are not only cheap to operate, but they don't take a great deal of maintainance. Just fill the oil pots daily, and clean the flues every few hours.

Once set up, I'd bet that no one has adjusted it in years.

Likely there is an engineer that comes by once or twice a year that does any required maintainance like repacking gland joints and doing rod shims and such. The rest is fairly low tech...