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Turbine Hall: 1930

Turbine Hall: 1930

Maryland circa 1930. "Conowingo Hydroelectric Plant. Turbine hall, seven turbines in Line II." 8x10 nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.


Dam Good Fishing Spot

     Conowingo Dam was one of my father's and uncles' favorite fishing spots. It always started early in the morn way before sunup since it was an accepted fact you had to be at your spot when the fish woke up for breakfast.
     The dam was about an hour north of our Baltimore home and I was always happy to go there not just for the fishing but the thrill of riding over the dam and the mighty Susquehanna River.
     The fishing was usually good (perch, small mouth bass, shad and rockfish) but I was always impressed by the huge mass of concrete upriver and the enormous floodgates.
     I always hoped to see them open at once as seen in the pic below but the most I ever saw was one open gate.

AC Turbines

Allis Chalmers, that is.

The generators were GE and Westinghouse as Dave states. All seven turbines were manufactured by A.C.

Turbine Failures?

Odd that there are two versions of turbine mixed in this row of seven.

The first, fourth, and fifth turbines have a rounded top on the exciter, more ventilating holes, and much beefier 6 legged bases. The other four have flat topped exciters and lower eight legged bases. The general design looks like all seven are from the same manufacturer, but built at different times.

[Four were built by General Electric and three by Westinghouse. - Dave]

AMERICAN industrail craftsmanship at it's finest

A standout in the modern world of plastic, precast concrete and particle board. And still generating clean and green power in 2016.

[Back when we could spell! - Dave]

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