|Walter D. Ferguson video|
Line shafts and belts became obsolete when electric motors were developed.
It is hard enough to find pictures of a plant like this, let alone see it running. It appears someone has outfitted a goose-neck trailer with demo equipment to take to antique machine shows. Note that the line shaft is operated by an engine at the front of the trailer since a steam engine or water wheel would be rather cumbersome to make mobile.
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Another video by Walter shows a Massey-Harris hit-miss gas engine.
|Pullman National Monument, National Park Service posted|
Machines of Pullman
While the town of Pullman was known for its architectural sophistication and high standards of sanitation its factory was equally impressive. Helping power the equipment in the factory was the Corliss Engine. Named after the inventor George Henry Corliss. Its effectiveness was on display at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 providing power for running the machinery at the exposition.
Seeing its effectiveness Pullman purchased the engine to power car shop operations. As technological advancements progressed by the early 1900s the engine was scrapped after electricity replaced steam as the power source for the factory
Daniel Herkes: That's a good-sized power transmission on the ceiling. I can tell you that part of such a transmission is on display on the ceiling of the Batavia, IL Portillo Restaurant.
Photo left to right: Corliss Engine at International Exhibition, Philadelphia1876 and Corliss Engine building at Pullman Factory. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress and Pullman State Historic Site
Michael Milner: The Chicago Fire Department Apparatus Shop still had some line shafts in their machine shop in the late 1990's.
|Dennis DeBruler commented on Daniel's comment|
We can still see the tailrace in the building next to the dam.