|Here are some pictures of some of the smaller details of the 1911
50 hp Fairbanks Morse type RE engine located on the grounds of the Mount
Wilson Observatory in the mountains above Pasadena, California. This
engine is still in it's original location and is in an excellent state
of preservation considering that it is over 90 years old.
As you would expect there are full size images behind these thumbnails.
|Supervision at it's best||Generator - 40KW, 125 VDC|
|Looking down on fuel and compressed air plumbing||Lever changes valve timing to convert one cylinder to an air operated motor for starting the engine|
|Fuel bowl assembly maintains constant level of fuel to manifold assembly||The second needle valve was most likely for an unused water injection system|
|Detail of platform support||Safety shield for ignition system (exposed 120 VDC terminals & rotating parts)|
|New safety shield for active direct current switch board||Needle valve location|
|11 inch needle valve||Igniter detail showing attachment dog and upper end of push rod|
|Igniter body - 7 inches long||Igniter points|
Updated July 23, 2002