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Blake Pumps?

Post by CraigH » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:06 pm

I was going over the Mason Bogie NPC 8, "Bully Boy" Order Sheet (Bldr No.584).

What the heck is a #1 Blake Pump? When delivered it one along with a Rue #7 Injector. I'm assuming it was mounted opposite the Rue, probably on the fireman's side of the firebox.

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Re: Blake Pumps?

Post by Randy Hees » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:45 am

George F Blake Co, Started in Maine, then moved his plant to Boston, moved to a new plant in Cambridge in 1890. Later is listed in New York (may be a sales office), manufacturers of steam pumps and auxiliaries, as well as large water pumps used municipal water plants and fire pumps. It appears that they generally built larger pumps than would be found on a locomotive but did build pumps that could be used for feed water on a locomotive

Blake held a number of patents.

Improvement in Pistons
Patent number: 185887
Filing date: Dec 28, 1876
Issue date: Jan 2, 1877

IMPROVEMENT IN VALVES AND GEAR FOR DIRECT-ACTING ENGINES
Patent number: RE7813
Filing date: Jun 13, 1877
Issue date: Jul 24, 1877

Duplex Pumping Engine
Patent number: 270575
Filing date: Oct 11, 1862
Issue date: Jan 16, 1883

(There are lots more given a bit more time…)

They produce lots of the blowers and pumps used in turn of the century US warships
I found a photograph of a horse drawn steam powered fire engine

There is a Blake and Knowles Steam Pump Company National Register District is a historic district bounded by Third, Binney, Fifth, and Rogers Streets in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

There is a photo gallery at http://www.steampump.org/gallery2/main. ... temId=5376

They were part of a large merger which included Worthington in 1910 or so.
The company appears to still exist as the Blake Group.

1) I found a reference to a 1874 catalog, stating that Treadwell & Co., agents, importers and wholesale dealers in San Francisco

2) The California State Library has a (different) catalog:
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George F. Blake Manufacturing Co.

OCLC Number: 58870778
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 27 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Responsibility: Geo. F. Blake Manufacturing Co.

3) The Smithsonian has several of their catalogs in the NHM “trade catalog collection”
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Re: Blake Pumps?

Post by Randy Hees » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:56 am

Go to the catalog illustration at http://www.steampump.org/gallery2/main. ... ewsIndex=1

It includes specifications for a Blake No 1 pump...

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Re: Blake Pumps?

Post by CraigH » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:31 pm

Awsome, now I can model the thing reasonably in 1:20.3 for my "Bully Boy".

Thanks Randy!
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Re: Blake Pumps?

Post by CraigH » Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:17 pm

Bumping this topic with another Feedwater Pump Link with sub-pages that's relevant.
A Worthington-Simpson pump.
http://sentinel7109.blogspot.com/search ... eed%20Pump

Images, drawings, restoration write-up, video.

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Re: Blake Pumps?

Post by CraigH » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:11 pm

Belongings_II_187.jpg
1870 Catalog
Turns out after I did some sleuthing that the pump on the left page (illustrated) is a #4 pump.

ALSO:
International Stationary Steam Engine Society Galleries:
http://www.isses.org.uk/gallery2/main.php

Note: It looks like Randy's Link from an early post has been suspended. Bummer.
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Re: Blake Pumps?

Post by CraigH » Sat May 05, 2012 3:41 pm

Terry just may have hit gold at a museum backshop visit. A little Blake Simplex pump.
It appears to be closely related to the model used on Bully Boy! How closely can't be determined until the plugs over the inlet and exhaust ports get dimensioned (and maybe chamber diameters....maybe).

That calls for a revisit and 70 mile drive.
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