Severstal Wheeling donates this 26" x 54" x 48" cross compound Corliss steam engine, built in 1905 by Westinghouse Machine Co. in Pittsburgh, PA. The removal of this engine will proceed throughout the entire year.
The YSHF purchased a set of William Tod Co. gauges at an estate sale. These gauges once adorned the triple expansion water pumping engine at Lake Rockwell in Kent, Ohio.
Grim's Crane Service moves the Kling type hot metal car and the teeming ladle to the Heritage Park.
Ellwood Engineered Castings contributed this 63,000 lb. ingot mold, originally made for Lukens Steel in Coatesville, PA.
The first heavy lift was made in the dismantling of the Westinghouse Corliss engine as the top half of the generator stator was removed. This is remarkable when considering that to make the lift we had to install 30 feet of overhead crane runway in the building and upgrade the existing crane to 20 ton capacity.
SeptemberPenn-Ohio Logistics in Austintown, OH donates this 1944 General Electric 80 ton diesel locomotive. The locomotive was last used in McDonald, OH and needs minor work to be made operational again.
YSHF volunteers spent a few days down in Rankin, PA assisting our friends at Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in securing the Carrie blast furnace site. We installed a new set of drive gates and repaired several holes in the site's perimeter fence.
Our final "save" of the year was this rare 1930 Westinghouse diesel locomotive, one of the oldest and most historically significant diesels in existence. Built in Pittsburgh, it was used at the Armco Butler Works until the 1960s. We will be moving it to Youngstown from St. Paul, Minnesota in 2011.
The construction of the Tod Enginehouse was finished with the completion of the front wall in November. The steel siding used for the endwalls was donated by Severstal Wheeling.
During 2010 the YSHF's collection of historic steelmaking equipment increased by 360 tons, bringing the total amount of equipment under our care to about 750 tons. 2011 will prove to be just as exciting as 2010 as we complete the removal of the Westinghouse Corliss engine and move our two newest locomotives to new quarters. With the enginehouse building completed, we intend to host a few open houses during the summer months.
We were extremely fortunate this year to raise the funding needed to save all of this equipment. However, merely acquiring this equipment is only part of the battle. We now have to properly house and restore these priceless pieces of our industrial heritage. We are always looking for new volunteers to join in our efforts, as well as contributions to keep up the momentum. If interested in becoming actively involved in the YSHF please contact me and I'll get you started.
Thank you for your support of our efforts to preserve steel history.