Thursday, October 29, 2009

Quincy Smelter: Compressor Wheel

A large spoked wheel with curly painted details, in black and white
An old compressor wheel in the Quincy Smelter

This is part of my series of photos from my Quincy Smelter photo tour. This shot came from a machine room which was in surprisingly good shape. Two large engines -- probably compressors -- were still fully installed in this room, and the roof was even intact. The thing which most amazed me about these machines were the details. Despite being huge mechanical beasts, someone had taken the time to stencil these lovely details on the spokes of the wheels. Many of the fittings on the machines also had similar details. The details served no function, of course, but they are something you wouldn't find on most modern machinery.

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