Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Boiler Room was the heart of the site, pumping steam power and heat throughout the complex. Workers fed the boiler fire with either wood chips from the Carpenters’ Shop or coal. The resulting steam powered the steam engine by turning a flywheel, which turned a line shaft. The rotating line shaft ran into the Blacksmith Shop, the Machine Shop, and other buildings. The shaft was connected by belts and its rotation powered saws, drills, and other machines. Electricity replaced the shops steam power in the early 1900s, however, steam from the Boiler Room continued to heat the buildings on the site.
“The boiler is of locomotive pattern, and provided with steam and mercurial gauges, and all usual fixtures.” — Daily Morning News, Savannah, July 17, 1855
* Brick details & plaster walls made this the most ornate building on site
* 1850s insulation of original stationary steam engine made by A. N. Miller, a Savannah firm
* 1865 Spark ignited roof and burned interior plaster
* 1950 Front wall removed, possibly to scrap the steam engine, wall rebuilt in the 1970s
Location. 32° Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 655 Louisville Road, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Planing Shed & Lumber Shed (here, next to this marker); Central Of Georgia Railroad (here, next to this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Smokestack (within shouting distance of this marker); Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Drop Table (within shouting distance of this marker); Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine Shop (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Also see . . . Georgia State Railroad Museum. Coastal Heritage Society (Submitted on November 19, 2013.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 331 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 24, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.