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Building a Steam Powered Sawmill

Westwold Heritage Steam Sawmill

This project was made possible by the expertise of the crew of the 2141 Steam train from Kamloops, these guys helped us to get the boiler and engine repaired and running.  They continue to be of great assistance in our project.  They are a talented bunch of guys and we value their expertise.

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Ground ready for pouring (May 2000)

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Site poured and level

The timbers and boards are all cut on the existing sawmill.  The building is bolted together. 

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Boiler in place and construction started

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Plumbing of the boiler began in August 2000.  Piping had to be threaded and fitted together to apply steam to the engine, feed works engine, cut off saw engine.  A generator and an air compressor are also installed and run off the Acme boiler

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Plumbing of the boiler begins (August 2000)

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Stay-bolts are all checked and repaired.  Engines are all checked over and gaskets replaced where needed.

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The smoke stack is installed.  Thank goodness for modern equipment.

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The first fire is lit, the boiler steamed up, tested and certified in October 2000.

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This project is now completed and runs great!

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