Westinghouse Portable Steam Engine No. 345, Used by Henry Ford

Summary

Portable steam engines like this powered grain threshers, sawmills, or corn shellers. Horses pulled them from farm to farm. In 1882, 19-year-old Henry Ford was able to make this engine run well when an older man could not; his first accomplishment in the adult world. Thirty years later Ford tracked down the engine, bought it, and returned it to operating condition.

Portable steam engines like this powered grain threshers, sawmills, or corn shellers. Horses pulled them from farm to farm. In 1882, 19-year-old Henry Ford was able to make this engine run well when an older man could not; his first accomplishment in the adult world. Thirty years later Ford tracked down the engine, bought it, and returned it to operating condition.

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Metal

Dimensions

Height: 120 in

Width: 77 in

Length: 119 in

Diameter: 46 in

Wheelbase: 67.25 in

Horsepower: 10 hp  (7.46 kW)

Inscriptions

Plate on right side in front of boiler marked: PATENTED/AUG 12 1879/SEPT 27 1881/NO. 345. Plate on rear of boiler marked: G.WESTINGHOUSE & CO,/SCHENECTADY,/N0 N.Y. 345. Firebox door marked: G.W. & CO. 10 H.P.

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