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1947 - generator stator of a 100,000-kilowatt turbine-generator


CD 1963044 E&MP 21.032

Electric Generators

September 26, 1947

A piece of electric apparatus weighing approximately 185 tons, heaviest ever to be shipped in one piece from a General Electric plant, is shown here being loaded aboard a special railroad car for shipment from Schenectady, N.Y., to a New Jersey utility's power-generation station.

This unit is the [turbine] generator stator of a 100,000-kilowatt turbine-generator set, which soon will produce enough power to meet the requirements of a city of 200,000 population.

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The heaviest piece of electric apparatus ever to be shipped out of any General Electric plant is en route to a New Jersey utility’s power-generation station.

The piece is a stator, or stationary external generator case, carrying the core and windings for a 100,000-kilowatt turbine-generator set.

Capable of providing the electric power needs of a city of approximately 200,000 persons, this turbine-generator has the greatest generating capacity of any 3600-rpm machine yet produced, according to engineers.

The stator alone weighs 369,500 pounds, with blocking, and, loaded on the railroad car, measures 17 feet, one inch high above the rail, and has an extreme width of 12 feet, seven inches. The car used to carry this load is one of the few in the country equipped with eight axles, permitting the handling of up to 200 tons weight.

The extreme weight and dimensions of the stator required its receiving special handling between Schenectady and its destination.

At a point the railroad track had to be depressed five inches for a distance of 200 feet to permit clearance under a bridge.

Movement is being confined to daylight hours. Traffic is being cleared form adjacent tracks, and a special switching movement is necessitated to avoid movement over a bridge of insufficient capacity.

Six days transit time, instead of the normal two, is being required.

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