2017-09-13 / Arts & Entertainment

Steam Power 101 Workshop at Hanford Mills Museum

Contributed Photo Contributed Photo Hanford Mills Museum will offer a two-day course Sept. 16 and 17 on the theory and practical operation of a wood-fired steam power plant. Steam Power 101 will be taught by Joe Michaels, who designed and helped build the museum’s wood-fired steam power plant. Before his retirement, Michaels was senior mechanical engineer at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project.

The course will 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. 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. Beginners welcome - no technical expertise required.

Steam Power 101 will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. – noon. The cost is $100 for museum members, $125 for non-members. Register by Thursday, Sept. 14 at or call the museum at 607-278-5744. The class is limited to 10 participants.

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