The sign says:
An electrical distribution system was purchased for $33,000 on June 11, 1923, from the Williston Manufacturing Company. Included was the generator, ice plant, cold storage plant, water tank, a ten-year-old bay horse named Charlie, and a wagon with a harness. This generator was used for seven years to produce electricity and had a capacity of 100 kilowatts.I assume one of the belt pulleys drove the compressor for the cold storage and ice plants and the other drove a pump for the water tank. I recognize the Fairbanks Morse name as one of the companies that made diesel-electric locomotives in the 1940s and 1950s. They made an opposing piston design that did not work very well in locomotives, but did work very well in the submarines of WWII.
The coils on the engine side of the generator are in good shape. This shot is framed by the rim and a spoke of the flywheel.
But a lot of the coils on the pulley side have been damaged. Most of the coils on the left side are gone or severed like those that you can see at the bottom. Also the 2 contacts are not aligned with the 2 slip rings. And I had expected to see 3 slip rings because normally 3-phase power does not have one of the phases at ground level. I guess it worked for only 7 years because something slipped or fell off and caused a lot of damage. I don't think vandals would have enough energy to cause this kind of damage.
The city park that is displaying this generator is also displaying an 8-inch Howitzer.
You can see the generator in the background below the elevation arm and the exhaust stack to the right of the tree. The sign says "This Howitzer 8" M2 Cannon was secured by the City from the Anniston Alabama Army Depot on April 30,1975."
Both signs had the information:
Williston was incorporated as a town in 1897 and chartered as a city in 1929. On October 10, 1915 this area was designated as a public park by the Mayor and Town Council in a deed from J.B. and P.A. Epperson It is known as Epperson Park.
Steve Bolte posted four pictures with the comment: "For the Fairbanks Morse aficionados. 300 horsepower and 300 RPMs." But the fourth picture seems to be a different engine.
|Screenshot from Ted Gibbons' posting|
1945 Fairbanks Morse used to run the Vacuum pump in my great Grandpas cow barn we believe it's been in our family since new.
Bill Adams Love those salt blocks!!Ted Gibbons It's hard not to love them so simple and robust.
When the Fairbanks Morse Company was first formed in 1823 it wasn’t gasoline engines it was building, but platform scales. The company got into the engine business in the late 1890s and became one of the most popular and successful gasoline engine and then diesel engine manufactures. This 15-25 (15 horsepower on the drawbar and 25 on the belt) was the company's first venture into traction engines and was designed around their 25 horsepower gasoline engine. By 1915 the company was out of the tractor business, but continued to sell tractors built by other manufactures under the Fair-Mor name.
I'm happy to report that Fairbanks-Morse is still making diesel engines. They power the largest
Laker on the Great Lakes.
|Fairbanks Morse Engine posted|
We're honored to announce our latest contract with the United States Navy! Fairbanks Morse will be providing four sequentially turbocharged 16-cylinder Colt-Pielstick PC 2.5 diesel engines that will power LPD 29, a San Antonio-class ship. Read our press release to learn more: http://bit.ly/2CP8KkD
Mitch Williams Had the 38f 5 1/4 on the Nashville. Good engine but could never put an keep a good load on it. Rings never seated and it slung oil on start-upShaun Higley There was Fairbanks Morse engines on the John F. Kennedy
|Photo: GRANT HINDSLEY, SEATTLEPI.COM (source)|