Hesketh Winding House and Heaptead

Hesketh Winding House and Heaptead

Hesketh Head Gear and Hesketh Steam Winding Engine......Since it's instalation in 1914 the engine cost just over £5,000. Since then it has been used to draw around 24 million tons of coal from the shaft bottom as well as for the transportation of men, materials and waste. However, the atmosphere of the Engine House and the responsibility of the Engineman is something that can only be pictured today.
Statistics.
Made by Worsley Mesnes lromnakers, Wigan 1914.
Brakes made by Andrew Barkley, Scotland.
Horse Power 500.
Diameter of cylinder and Piston 36 inches (9l .4cms).
Engine Stroke 6ft (18.2m).
Bicylin dro-Conical Dror 10/20it diameter (3 to 3.6m).
Steam Pressure (Superheated steam) 163 lbs per sq.inch.
Maximum speed 42ft per sec (12.8m).
Main bearing diameter (white metal) 20 inches 52 cms.
Crank bearing (white metal) 10 inches (25 .4cms).
Depth of shaft 640 yds deep (585.2m).
Brake linings 161*: x 10314 ins xl in (4.8m x 27.3 cms x 2.5 cms).
Winding Rope lock coil Galvanised Steel Strands 41mm diameter.
Safety Devices — Electro — Pneumatic Steam Safety Controller controls
speed at landing during man riding to a maximum of 45ft per second. lt
also prevents overwinding at all times.
Total weight of cage 3 tons.
. Mine car 16 cwts Tare.
Mine car capacity 28 cwts (30 cwt car).
Total load approx 12 ton (11 ton 8 cwts)