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Legislature Steam Engine

Skinner Steam Engine

circa 1950s


The Skinner Steam Engine drove the GE generator at the Alberta Legislative Assembly building beginning in 1951.

It was a three-cylinder Unaflow Engine that allowed the admission of steam to the top and bottom of the steam cylinder. Exhaust was released from the center of the cylinder.

Steam admission was by poppet valves via a camshaft.

The Skinner Steam Engine was installed in 1951 and continued running until 1996.

Also in 1996, it was moved to the grounds of the Leduc West Antique Society.

Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Skinner Engine Company, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Serial No.: 12020
  • Model: DV 3
  • Diameter Cylinder: 19"
  • Stroke: 16"
  • Rotations per minute (RPM): 327
  • IHP: 1230
  • Steam Pressure: 175
  • Inlet temperature: 377 F
  • Back Press: 5 lb

Photos of the Skinner Engine  and Generator taken in the 1980s

 

 


Author: ephf

Edmonton Power Historical Foundation is a non-profit society dedicated to preserving the history of electric power in the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta, for the education and entertainment of current and future generations.

Edmonton Power Historical Foundation

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We are located on the grounds of the Leduc West Antique Museum. Travel 5 miles west of Leduc on Highway 39. Go north on Range Road 260 (Cohne Dale Road) for about a mile and the museum will be on your right. Our museum will be open for the first time post-pandemic on September 17 as the Leduc West Antique Society hosts the Lesco Pro Show 'n Shine. We will be open from 10 AM to 5 PM; on the grounds there will be food concessions, kiddie games, bouncy tents and gorgeous trucks. Admission to the site is only $2.

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