When Chad posted the photo of the incredibly huge turbocharger the other day, it got me thinking about the biggest engine I have ever been around. That monster is show below. It is a 600hp powerplant that haa a 16-foot diameter flywheel and is located at the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum in Maine.
This engine was large enough that it took up the vast majority of a large room and was installed onto a specially build brick foundation that was relieved for the flywheel. I loved the fact that they had to trench out the floor to get it to fit. This monster powered a entire printing operation in Rhode Island back in the day. It was donated, all 30 tons of it, to the museum a long while ago. The museum volunteers re-assembled it, restored it, and run it a few times a year for different events.
I think that this was physically the largest engine I’d ever been around, steam or otherwise. Some of you guys with Naval experience probably think this thing is a kid’s toy, so we’re interested to find out what the biggest engine you’ve ever been around, worked on, or just marveled at is?
Question of the day: What’s the largest engine you have spent time with in person?