King Edward Mine KOVC Rally

Discussion in 'Discussion' started by Skankin_giant, May 19, 2019.

  1. Skankin_giant

    Skankin_giant Active Member

    Nice little one today, no real stalls to look around but did get to go around King Edward Mine, I did manage to get up close to the twin Sulzer and Motap compressor set which will be put into writing at some point.

    Video of today here;

    Album here;

    [​IMG]DSCF4435 by Stephen Williams, on Flickr

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  2. Dazzla

    Dazzla Member

    I like that small set of stamps. Was anything being out through them?

  3. Skankin_giant

    Skankin_giant Active Member

    Yes but not sure what it was, Thomas came back with a handful of it, then a pot full with just as much down his front.... Think it was some sort of sand stone.
  4. Dazzla

    Dazzla Member

    That's just how it should be, Steve!

  5. chas

    chas Member

    What is the engine in photograph DCS4469 (third from bottom)? Love the Barr & Stroud so original.

    Laoag City
  6. Skankin_giant

    Skankin_giant Active Member

    Its a Motap and the original compressor set for the Sulzer when it was installed to pump water between Argal reservoir to College reservoir in 1928. No wonder water is so expensive in Cornwall when we used to buy Swiss engines to pump it around.... 2 Sulzers were moved to King Edward mine for preservation, one is a spares engine sat on site.
    Hoping to get a bit more information on the Motap, its a 2PS engine but the chap who used to run the engine said it's not fun to be around once the tanks start to build up decent pressure.
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  7. roadster

    roadster Member

    There weren't only Sulzers pumping water around Cornwall: I have a Tangye engine and its three throw pump which came from Menagissey pumping station, There was also a Blackstone engine there but that was scrapped as there was something seriously wrong with it but I think that its pump may still be at Poldark mine. I am less than mile from KEM but didn't make it to the KOVC day as I was riding in a trial in the Cotswolds. I am less involved now at KEM after the changes which alienated some of the volunteers.
  8. Skankin_giant

    Skankin_giant Active Member

    There did seem to be fewer people involved at KEM this time, but I don't think the KOVC event drew many people to the mine, IIRC they used to do it the day after Trevithick Day? That used to busier.
    KOVC is having a bit of a rough patch atm, few people resigned recently. H&S has been a bit of a pain this year from what I can tell. The Cornish Steam Fair is having theirs done by the company doing the site security.
  9. roadster

    roadster Member

    I actually turned up at the open day (the day after Trevithick day) with a vehicle which I was going to display: 58442391_10157306939873200_5238509273775865856_n.jpg
    not knowing that there was no engine/vehicle display! It was always a popular event, being the first outing of the year for a lot of people. I did stay for a while to chat with quite a few people who I had not seen for some time. Was the Sulzer running when you were there?
  10. Skankin_giant

    Skankin_giant Active Member

    No, it was locked away, Hugh (I think that's his name) took me around the engine shed, which was full of new guttering. He explained the engine probably wouldn't be run for the foreseeable future, the tanks need testing and inspecting. They are increasingly aware of the environmental impact and are worried about any negative press they might receive from running the engine. Which is a shame really.

    Cheers, Steve
    Last edited: May 27, 2019
  11. roadster

    roadster Member

    I am pleased, but quite surprised, that Hugh is back as he was one of the volunteers who left in protest, but maybe another Hugh. Had the person who had always organised and prepared the air receivers for inspection not been sacked during the restructuring the Sulzer may have been running. I don't go much on the bull about the environmental impact of running the Sulzer: the compressor driving the winding engine would burn more diesel during the day! I see Hugh quite often so will ask if he was there. I will probably try to get more involved again and shut my ears to the "politics".

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