Last week, I was scouting a hospital basement for interesting spaces when I happened to notice something lurking in one corner…
…this enormous iron wheel-shaped machine:
As it turns out, this was part of the original steam generator system that powered the hospital in the early 1900s (now long since out of use). Made by Crocker-Wheeler of Oswego, this beast was the electric generator…
…and behind it, you can see the control wall…
…lined with all sorts of awesome levers and switches that operated the system:
Love this array of gauges:
But best of all, check out this wall of ridiculously huge wrenches that were used to service the machinery (for perspective, note the piece of paper on the floor):
Alas, the generator hasn’t been functional for decades, so we won’t be powering any time machines or proton packs with it anytime soon.
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