Beaufort SC Engine 302

The city of Beaufort, S.C. had two Silsby engines, # 302, a third size built in 1871 for Cedar Falls IA and later sold to Beaufort and #465, a fourth size engine, built in 1874. One of these engines, pictured here and believed to be #465 is on display in Beaufort today. At some time during it's term of service the round feed water tank used in the later crane neck engines replaced the original tank on this engine. This was a common modification to earlier engines because the earlier style tanks were prone to rust out and difficult to service. The engine pictured was set up to be hand drawn, nearly all engines larger than fourth size were made to be horse drawn.

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