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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 5:23 am    Post subject: Is it a ? Reply with quote

May 1st Bruse Lord posted this pic to an album. Did we find out what it was? Pic link below....

http://www.bois-blanc.com/phpBB2/album_page.php?pic_id=2038
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it a train wheel? What is the diameter? It resembles the inner part of a water pump, with those curved spokes. Hmmmmmmm. You've piqued my interest! Jeff
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I googled train wheels and found some similar. Definately not a impeller, if you see it you will know it must be a train wheel. If anyone would like to see it I will be up last week of June through July 4th weekend. I think this could be a fun topic WHAT IS THIS? I have other pictures of wierd things/places on the island that could fit into that topic.
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OOps it is approx. 2 feet in diameter and weighs approx. 150 lbs.
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the added information, Bruce.. And the invite too.. That would be an interesting hike, I bet.. Wish I could take you up on it.. Does Mike know where it is?
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like the flywheel for an old hit or miss engine, or some kind of pump.
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like the flywheel off the kerplunker valve I lost about every time something broke. Probably weighs as much, too.
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was searching some photos on line and judging by the lip on top , I would guess the lead wheel on an old steam engine
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guys in my house said it's definately a pulley.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I found a couple pictures of wheels on trains that look quite similar. www.stockphotography.co.uk is one picture of an old lead mine train wagon wheel. I have seen a few steam engines put not any with lip on one side. I dont know of a pulley with a lip on one side either but I havent been around that many pulleys I guess. What kind of pulley would it be? And why the lip? I could understand a lip on both sides but not one. Maybe it was made before they figured out they needed a lip on both sides to keep the belt on.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the way it looks in the picture, it DOES have a lip on both sides. Does it not?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it does only have the one lip on it, then yes it probably is a train wheel of some sort. they used alot of those wheels on the dollies on the short rails. How wide is the flat part from the lip to the other edge? We have a set of axles for short rail carts here on the porch, but they aren't 2' in diameter. Much smaller, and a lip on one side. No spokes tho. More solid like a car axle.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:59 pm    Post subject: searching Reply with quote

I checked on the only known shay engine that was on this island, SN495. It had a wheel diameter of 26 inches.

I have seen some pictures of donkey engines. They had a vertical boiler on wood skids, a piston driving a horizontal shaft that had a wheel with curved spokes. They were used to haul logs by tying a rope to the log and wrapping the other end of the rope around the "spool" to drag the log.

It is possible that this is a flywheel off a steam engine.
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