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Horse drawn CASE stationary steam engine


A horse drawn portable CASE stationary steam engine which could have operated to 175psi pressure at the time of its manufacture.

A portable engine is an engine that sits in one place while operating (providing power to machinery) but can be easily moved from one work site to another. This engine is mounted on wheels and would have been towed to the work site by a horse.

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Horse drawn CASE stationary steam engines were built in the USA from 1850 until 1920 by the J.I CASE Engine works at Racine, Wisconsin.



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This engine was donated to the Busselton Museum by Trevor Roberts of Busselton and it arrived minus everything but the boiler. To bring the engine back to its former glory it needed four wheels, a tow bar, large flywheel and a new chimney stack. All of these were made by hand by Society members at the Museum workshops. The original steam pipes, in the side of the boiler, have been left as is as there was no intention of ever firing it up.

Conservation and restoration were undertaken by a team of Society volunteers led by Malcolm Paine, the resident Blacksmith at the Museum, with funding provided by Busselton City Community Bids 2014.

Little information is known about this engine’s working history other than it was used in the Burekup area and was possibly used to drive a water pump for irrigation. Whilst not from the Busselton area it is representative of engines which would have been used in the area to drive agricultural machinery (such as threshing machines), milling machinery and other equipment requiring power.

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Horse drawn CASE Stationary Steam Engine
Horse drawn CASE Stationary Steam Engine
Mobile steam engine used for tree pulling at Ludlow 1912-1914
Mobile steam engine used for tree pulling at Ludlow 1912-1914. Photo 3661 from the BHS Archive
The CASE Engine during restoration in the Museum Workshop.
The CASE Engine during restoration in the Museum Workshop. Photo from the BHS Archive
The CASE Engine during restoration in the Museum Workshop.
The CASE Engine during restoration in the Museum Workshop. Photo from the BHS Archive
Design drawing created by Society volunteers detailing the repairs required for the CASE Engine
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