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1943 - J.P. Houck demonstrates how a few pushbuttons will control the flow of millions of gallons of vital oil products through the 20-inch pipeline between Houston, Texas, and the Eastern Seaboard

ELECTRICAL "NURSE" FOR 20" PIPELINE

E&MP 12.003

Electric Appliances & Apparatus

August 18, 1943

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- With this working model, J.P. Houck, switchboard engineer for the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, demonstrates how a few pushbuttons will control the flow of millions of gallons of vital oil products through the 20-inch pipeline, now being built between Houston, Texas, and the Eastern Seaboard.

For each of the line's 29 pumping stations Westinghouse is building an electrical 'nurse', a control desk with a diagram like this in its top.

These desks will keep a constant check on the pressure "pulse" of the line and on the operation of electric motors, pumps and valves in the station.


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Westinghouse



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