SS6694 : Hafod Works - drive to reversing rolling mill

near to Swansea/Abertawe, Great Britain

Hafod Works - drive to reversing rolling mill
Hafod Works - drive to reversing rolling mill
On the left is a very large rope driven second motion wheel that was turned by a 600 horsepower uniflow engine. The copper plate rolling stands are out of view to the right. In the middle is a gear reversing chain that is selected by a pair of multiplate friction clutches by the steam clutch engine in the immediate foreground. I have never seen anything like this and having heard that this engine was reversing I needed to have a closer look for myself to see how it was done. The driver of the mill operated the reversing mechanism from an elevated platform on the right. This engine was in perfect working order on closure in 1980 and its promised preservation was in part the reason that a smaller uniflow of 1911 vintage was ultimately scrapped.
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Saturday, 28 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 29 July, 2012
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Derelict, Disused  Industry 
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Rolling Mill 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SS 6618 9494 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.2380N 3:56.1077W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SS 6618 9494
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