Today Tom and John inspected a couple of low cost candidates for a replacement boiler. Unfortunately while interesting machines, for several reasons they were not suitable for our operation. This raises the “stakes” and while still early days, to get steaming again may require some significant expenditure.
The fault report from last Sunday’s open day included reference to a faulty fuel oil heater, and nasty, possibly expensive, noises emitting from the boiler fuel oil pump. Luckily? our operations team include a couple of “sprightly” (their words), retired sparkies, who, today, were soon on the case. With a little effort and some ingenuity, [...]
With the Gas works museum boiler soon due for recertification, team leader Tom has spent many, some frustrating, hours checking, modifying, repairing and testing the operational and safety systems on the boiler. Finally today we concluded our test program, and await formal certification procedures later this week.
Today Tom completed installation and testing of the boiler safety valve (over-pressure relief valve), replacing the previous valve which was not up to current spec for this boiler, and required to renew the boiler operating certificate. Stan continued restoration of the old boiler feed water injection pumps, while John progressed some on-going public safety issues. [...]
Today Trust Board members Kirsten and Jasmine organised, prepared the food, purchased the drinks and hosted a thank you afternoon tea for our small, but dedicated group of volunteers. Well done ladies, we appreciate your efforts. Later, after the public closing Tom and John continued operating the machines for a music video filming session. The film shoot, [...]
Trust members at the gasworks museum, one of the landmark attractions of the Dunedin Steam Festival 2012, were thrilled at the unprecedented visitor attendance over the 3 day holiday weekend. More than 650 persons enjoyed the 5 operating stationary steam engines and the other static exhibits. We co-operated with other attractions including the Engineering Heritage [...]
Special Event at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum: GOLDEN YEARS OF GAS – FIRED UP GASWORKS SPECIAL ! Time: Sunday, 20th of March, 12 noon – 4pm Admission: Gold coin donation welcome Discover how Dunedin’s Gasworks ‘new’ technology powered, fired and lit the city for 125 years. Enjoy fun attractions and activities plus food, music and [...]