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Re: 195? Fuel Cell Allis?????

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Steve, I saw the same RFD show and it was very interesting. Like my grandpa used to say" anyone who farmed with AC machinery, it seemed, always seemed to have alittle extra change in their pockets". Harold

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03-13-2002 05:08:19

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 Re: Re: 195? Fuel Cell Allis????? in reply to Harold Ia, 03-12-2002 21:09:35  
I work in a coal fired power plant. Our largest turbine generator is 200 MegaWatts. CAn supply a city of 50,000 people. It was built in 1960 by ALLIS CHALMERS and was one of the biggest in the country at that time. I worked for ALLIS in the early 1970's. We made a Dozer called a 41B. It was the largest crawler taractor in the world at that time. We also built a 460 double engine motor scraper. Built a lot of dams out west and south america. It also was one of the largest scrapers in the world at the time. I think when full it carried about 60 tons of dirt. The Springfield Illinois plant was built around 1900 and made a lot of tractors up to 1985. It had to be impressive to see 15 mid size tractors (16B) coming off the line in 1970 headed for Viet Nam.

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03-14-2002 14:55:21

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 Re: Re: Re: 195? Fuel Cell Allis????? in reply to steve, 03-13-2002 05:08:19  
I believe that Allis Chalmers also built one of the first nuclear powerplants in Minnesota. It was kind of experimental and eventually was taken down again. An old flour mill in Fergus Falls is being gutted. It is full of old Allis Chalmers milling equipment from about 1910. The Lake Region Pioneer Threshermen's Club operates a 1906 Allis Chalmers Corliss Steam engine that was one of several that powered the REO factory in Lansing. I also worked in Springfield Plant 2, in 1965-66. There were only 3 HD41 prototypes under development. At least one had been tried with dual engines. They were also trying road graders with hydrostatic transmissions. It was a little too early for Vietnam yet. I sat outside the marketing manager's office, Mr Charlie Brown, who's name I'll never forget. See it in the funny papers every day. He talked about all the little niche market orders he got, for fully heated and insulated crawlers for Greenland airbases, to fully cooled and insulated crawlers for the slag heaps at steel mills. He had a male secretary, surnamed Tilley. He was always calling out his door: "Hey Tilly!." He'd always reply in a tired tone, "Yes, Charlie.." That always distracted me, because my name was Charlie, and my grandmother's name was Tilly, and it kind of hit my funnybone. Don't know if Johnny Cash had sung "A boy named Sue" as yet. Nowadays, more girls are named Charlie than boys.

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: 195? Fuel Cell Allis????? in reply to cdmn, 03-14-2002 14:55:21  
I also worked(?) at Plant #2, 1952-1960. Any chance we might know each other? Don Hildebrand

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03-14-2002 17:19:23

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: 195? Fuel Cell Allis????? in reply to cdmn, 03-14-2002 14:55:21  
The first nuclear power plant in Mn was the one in Elk River, and it was dismantled some time ago. If Corliss is an AC engine, I believe that is the name of either one or two units at the Pioneer Days Show in Albany, Mn.

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