Stationary Steam

The stationary steam engine section of the museum exhibits a fine collection of over 30 of the steam engines that powered early industry. They are plumbed into steam lines feed by a Cleaver Brooks package boiler and can usually be seen operating on steam on the last Sunday of each month. A selection are pictured below.

Marshall Instructional Engine

Compound horizontal engine with Proeli-Meyer valve gear, drop inlet valves and corliss exhaust valves It was fitted with rope brakes on the flywheels which are water cooled, indicators on each cylinder and tachometer. It can be operated as a single cylinder or compound engine.

Mill Engine

This engine is probably the oldest engine in the collection and is thought to date from the 1860's. It has several features suggesting early construction. These include the cylinder being bolted to the bed and bar type crosshead guides.

The engine provided power via a flatbelt off the flywheel to a scour at Daltons Woolscouring works in Geelong.

Werner Ammonia Compressor

Used for handling ammonia based by products of town gas production at the Footscray Gas Works

Arnold Goodwin Air Compressor

Single cylinder horizontal direct acting air compressor.

Originally owned by the Melbourne City Council Electricity Supply Department.

Thompson & Co.

This engine was ordered from the Castlemaine works in 1916 by the Public Works Department, State Ship Building Yards, Williamstown. It was installed in a land dredge built for the Bendigo Creek Trust to clear silt that was causing flooding.Content 5

Alex Shanks & Sons Ltd.

This generating set was originally the electricity supply on the Melbourne Harbour Trust dredge the "George Kermode".

Walkers Ltd

This horizontal single cylinder engine was built in 1964 by Walkers Ltd of Maryborough Queensland to drive sugar cane crushers for Bundaberg Sugar's Millaquin Mill.

Cleaver Brooks

The museum's steam is supplied by a Cleaver Brooks package boiler which was manufactured under licence by Tomlinson Steel Ltd, Perth WA. in 1968.

A view of the museum in steam

Currently in the Stationary Steam Section

A lot of thought and planning is going on in preparation for a new bay to install the big Walker sugar mill engine. Soil tests have recently been carried out to assess the requirements for the engine foundations as the engine needs to be installed before the shed is built. Meanwhile the team are pushing ahead with restoring the few engines in Bay 1 not yet in steamable condition. New parts are being machined to return the rare Pinsch gas engine to steam operation. A newly donated aquisition is a Reader engine which appears to be in good condition and not may not require a great deal to get operational.