New Stationary Steam Bay Begins
Work has commenced to put up another bay on the main exhibition shed to house the big Walker's steam driven sugar mill engine. The first step is to remove soil to lower the level sufficiently to allow the floor to be laid in line with the existing bays.
Great progress is being made on the exacting task of erecting the Willan's air blast diesel engine. This spectacular 3 cylinder engine was built to Rudolph Diesel's patented design for the first successful diesel engine. A year ago the club completed the time consuming and very expensive exercise of building the enormous foundation necesary to support the engine. The current task is to align and level the engine and components which have all been refurbished. With the bedplate and flywheel now level the flywheel and crankshaft will soon be in place. The crankshaft has been unpacked from the crate it was in for transport to and from Singapore to grind damaged bigend bearings. It had to go to Singapore because a sufficiently large lathe and the necessary skills could not be found locally.