Programs At Hanford Mills Museum

Steam Power 101

Saturday, September 16 9:00 am – 5:00 pm AND Sunday, September 17 9:00 am – Noon

steam collagLearn the theory and practical operation of a wood-fired steam power plant in this in-depth two-day course.  Instructor Joe Michaels, retired Senior Mechanical Engineer at NY Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project, designed and helped to build the Museum’s wood-fired steam power plant.

The class will begin with an overview of boiler and steam engine principles, operation, fittings, and equipment. Participants will learn how to fire a boiler, build and maintain a head of steam, control feed water, monitor steam engine valve settings, and other facets of steam engine operation in the Museum’s steam boiler plant.

The course objective is to provide a working understanding of small, basic steam plant operation, which can be applied to other mill (or stationary) settings, as well as marine and mobile applications. Beginners welcome, no technical expertise required. Participants should bring a bag lunch.

The cost for Steam Power 101 is $100 for Museum members and $125 for non-members. Register now by calling 607.278.5744, email, or online.  Pre-register by Thursday September 14.

Minimum: 3 participants Maximum: 10 participants