Photographs of the Pelton Wheel and Hydroelectric at Penmaenuchaf, North Wales
Unfortunately, the hydroelectric dynamo that would have been
situated in the Engine Shed cabin, was removed prior to my grandparents
acquiring Penmaenuchaf in 1978, and I have no knowledge of its fate. However, the pelton wheel,
water pipes and various other paraphenalia still remain in situ. Many years ago my uncle managed to
get the pelton wheel going.
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Description of Photograph
Picture of the Engine Shed that once housed the electricity generator at Penmaenuchaf. Photograph taken in 2007.
Drive wheel for attaching drive belt connected to dynamo within the engine Shed.
Side view of pelton wheel showing inlet pipe at bottom of wheel.
Close up of pelton wheel cups.
Thomas and Bishop drive belts were used to transmit the power from the pelton wheel to the dynamo inside the Engine Shed.
Insulated power line brackets and connectors below eave on western end of the Engine Shed.
Glass accumulator battery jars. The last few remaining. These would have contained lead plates and acid.
Dynamo mounting blocks inside hydro electric engine shed.
Drake and Gorham electricity generator log book showing output week ending 12 March 1916. Total voltage for 53 cells 132 volts.
Reservoir water outlet pier. A submerged brass stopcock reached from the pier opens the water supply to the Engine Shed.
Reservoir water outlet pier fully exposed during a drought. The pier foundation comprises of engineering brickwork.
Close-up photo of stopcock at Penmaenuchaf reservoir. Opening the valve would release water into the hydroelectric system.