Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Coolspring June 2018: Day 2

Coolspring Power Museum

June 2018 Expo and Flea Market

A STEM Experience

Hello! I'm so glad you are joining me today! Today I'll try to add a little history into my tour. What kind of history? Well, grab your favorite beverage and read more to find out.

Wandering the Grounds
After a wonderful breakfast from the guys at Villella's Meats and a little housekeeping...did you know its always good to tidy up the tent and make up your bed when camping? 
First, it keeps the smells down when you move all the dirty laundry. Second, it keeps your bed cozy. In our area, with the humidity and temperature changes, making your bed or closing your sleeping bag keeps it from getting damp. 

Anyway, after taking care of those chores I went down to Sudlow Station
I love this exhibit! here's where the history comes in. 
So you see the sign above the door? Sudlow Station was part of the Buckeye Pipe Line Co. The pipe line had many stations like this. Let's take a peak inside.
Maybe a different angle will show more. (giggles) Yes! So here you can see the set up a bit better. The engine, pump, and workbench.

The engine is a Parmaco engine. The name is kind of an abbreviation - you know like instead of saying Stone Temple Pilots people call the band STP. Well, Parmaco stands for Parkersburg Machine Company in West Virginia. There are very few still remaining and Coolspring has two! This one and Professor M's up in the Power Tech Annex.

It is a Hvid, pronounced veed. That means the fuel injection system is very similar to a diesel fuel system. I can't explain this at all, but you can read Paul Harvey's article in The Flywheel.

Size wise it is a 9hp or horsepower. Horsepower is a measurement for engine output that equals the power needed to lift 550 pounds per foot in one second.  1hp equals 745.7 watts. You know watts, like a lightbulb or electrical unit. This one is 9hp which equals 6711.3 watts. The big Snow engine is 600hp that's 447,420 watts. Whoa!

Anyway, here you can see the engine has a belt connected to another piece of equipment. 
That is the Parmaco pump. Together the engine would run the pump and the pump moved oil from an area nearby called a "lease" to a larger station which would then transfer it along the pipeline.

The amount pumped depended on the speed of the engine. They had stations similar to this along the pipeline helping transport the oil.

After spending some time in Sudlow, I headed back up to The Windy City
The Balisdell is fun to watch and the operator is really, really cool! He's become a good friend. Even asked if I was coming to the show this year! (giggles)

 The Windy City is an air lease. An air compressing plant. You can read more about it by clicking the links.

Then it was over to check on the Hornsby-Ackaroyd.
I'm so happy it was running. It's a staple in the Power Tech building.

Back to the Power Tech Annex. Here is a look at Franz's Thermoil 7UA. It's also a Hvid.

Such a gorgeous day!
The first day open to the public came to a close with a potluck dinner up at Friends Exhibition Hall. Where a funny tee shirt was presented to one of the volunteers. 
If you don't get it, that's okay; I had to have Xyra explain it to me.

Then back to Sudlow.

That's all for day two. Please come back for day three. 

Best wishes,


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Coolspring June 2018: Day 1

Coolspring Power Museum 

June 2018 Expo and Flea Market

Hi! Last week was AWESOME! It's been two and a half YEARS since I visited Coolspring Power Museum - boy, oh, boy - have there been changes! So last Monday and Tuesday we were baking, cleaning, and packing in preparation for the June show. It's nerve wrecking and fun at the same time. The! 

Wednesday morning the three of us loaded into the truck and headed out to northwestern PA. Coolspring Power Museum is found in Coolspring, PA north of Punxsutawney - home of Phil - and south of Brookville. And if you are interested in STEM this is a place you should visit. One of the largest collections of internal combustion engines with 95% live displays! You can see them in action.

The whole way out it rained. Well, sometimes it drizzled and other times it really rained. The great part was the rain stopped before we reached the Brookville exit. It was still overcast for a bit. Our first stop was the General Store for ice. Then we headed to the museum grounds. 

Woo hoo! I'm back!

And the sun came out! (giggles)

After saying hello to a couple of people Xyra and I set up housekeeping. 

Not sure if you can see it, but Xyra and Franz's air mattress has an issue. (giggles) Some of the inner channels burst creating a big lump. 
Too funny! they're getting a new mattress for October.

My area was easy to set up. I brought both sleeping bags. Not sure how cool it would get at night. 

Dinner was with a small group of volunteers. It rained really hard for a bit. We took shelter in a pavilion and building down near Sudlow Station. In fact, we got a text from Flo asking if all was well - there was a tornado warning out, but south of us.

After dinner we headed over to the Power Tech building Annex. Franz worked on a 7 hp Themoil UA engine. 

Outside you could see the steam rising from the woods as the sky cleared and the sun started to set. Super neat.

Here's a better look.

Well, that's all for today - our Wednesday at Coolspring. Hope you enjoyed it. There will be more tomorrow.

Do you ever go tent camping? What is your favorite part? If not, would you want to?

Best wishes,

Monday, June 11, 2018

Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Nana Kestrel's Backyard

Hi! Did you know you can certify your backyard or garden as backyard wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation? Nana Kestrel did this a long time ago. The last week or so Nana Kestrel and Great Auntie DiPawl were out west so we looked after her kitties and the habitat. It's fun to sit and watch what goes on out there. So I'm going to let the photos speak for themselves. One quick note, you may have to click on a photo to make it big enough to see all the detail.

Before we head into the backyard...this is Keeder. He loves sitting in the windows. the Garden

After we filled the feeders and refilled the birdbaths we'd go inside and watch.

Chipmunk - this one was close there were quite a few scurrying through the yard.

Red squirrel

What is your favorite photo? Favorite visitor to the habitat?

Oh, and Xyra wanted me to let you know it's Coolspring week, so this will be the only post this week. Look for us to return next week. 

We're so glad you stopped to visit. Come again soon!

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Build: June 2018

Just Hanging Out

With a Flying Officer

Hi! Guess what?!
It's my birthday! Yay! 
Aaannnddd, I got my wish! To show off our new calendar build to you. I really hope you like it. we had to shift gears a couple times.

Oh, Missy! What are you doing? Be careful.
We have two hangouts. 

On this end is a tea shop.
Andrea and Emma are enjoying tea and cupcakes. Aira took a shift in the shop. Missy, please be careful!

Over here is a shady spot where Stephanie, Emily, and Josh are talking.
Our vehicle is the police officer's neat, wing-ed ride. She's flying over to check out the crowd.
Might even stop for some tea. (giggles) Aira never gets a ticket as long as her wind keeps the cop flying straight. (giggles)

The surrounding area is filled with green plants and pretty flowers. Not to mention a few bunnies.

Oh, the rows! Green for vegetation. Blue for sky. Grey for rain. White for the clouds.
Here you can get a better look at Toffee, the pug, and Josh.

purr purr purr pruup
Oh, Missy! (giggles) 
My parrot kitty! So what do you think of our June build this year? What's you favorite feature?

Thank you for stopping! Come again soon!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl or LEGO. All items shown are part of collections purchased with our own funds or gifted by family and friends. The base calendar is a retired LEGO set.