Imagine the excitement in the Northwest Railway Museum's Conservation and Restoration Center when word arrived of an opportunity to tour the shop in Yakima where the Century lathe was built. Now imagine the excitement when they learned it was possible to buy some of the machines to equip the Museum's collection care center.
Store front for McIlvanie
Machine Works in
A famed Century lathe, though this one probably never left
the factory. It is on the production line and was used to
produce parts for new Century lathes.
American Pacemaker lathe.
A McIlvanie drill press, probably the
prototype. Note how it operates from a
driveline. You changed speeds by
selecting a larger or smaller pulley
The pattern for the McIlvanie drill press. This aluminum
pattern was pressed into casting sand. Then the molten steel
was poured into the void that the pattern left behind.
Overhead drivelines were located throughout the front shop.
The capstan on a turret lathe. Different holes can be machined
into a piece mounted in the lathe chuck. The turret or capstan
can be turned to each tool bit so it can be used over and over
again without having to remove and reinstall the bit.
The speed selectors on a Century lathe.
Thread cutting tool.
Radial arm drill press, and this one will
soon be inside the Museum's Conservation
and Restoration Center!