Watch and Remember Rockport Station’s 1,000 HP Cooper Engines Up and Running
The Rockport Station in Rockport, West Virginia, once housed three 1,000 HP twin tandem double-acting Cooper gas compressor engines. Nearly a century old, these may have been the last of these engines to be used in such a station. At least, that is until September 2013 when the engines were shut down for good and eventually replaced with two Caterpillar engines which could be remotely started and monitored, thereby eliminating all the station employees. Today, videos like this are, most likely, the only way to see this team of engines running in its rightful place.
For more on the 1,000 HP Cooper-Bessemers, look for our upcoming February/March 2015 issue, in mailboxes and newsstands January 13. There you’ll find an article by Paul Harvey, founder of the Coolspring Power Museum, sharing his personal account of the engines’ final days.
Associate Editor Matt Kelly reflects on Donald L. Siefker’s words about his father from Valentine’s Day, 1978. Donald went on to create an annual index to help readers locate articles and pictures of engines in the Gas Engine Magazine Archive.
1914 1-3/4 HP Chore Boy
Michael Standley got his 1914 1-3/4 HP Chore Boy off eBay.