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Massive engine at SYD sitting derelict

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markis10

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Always wondered about the story behind the big engine sitting on the ground in the storage area near the tower, any ideas? Old gen set perhaps.
 

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Is that the same area where there is an old Ansett LDU? (One of the very few places where an Ansett logo still exists)
 

chocolate radiation man

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Just got the LOOK from the CSM - better turn off, but it's an old back up generator diesel motor. I looked at it with interest for a while one day while parked there awaiting a flight then realised we had exactly the same motor in our electrical lay down area on site... Bye - got to fly!
 
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BAM1748

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I guess an old back up gen set motor, either GE or EMD (Electro Motive Division of GM). They do have there somewhere a huge flywheel which as the power cuts out the flywheel spins long enough to power the airport until the genset kicks in.

I will try to remember to have a look at the next time I'm rolling by.

Matt
 
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Meggsy

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It is the old gen set engine that was housed in the old control tower/fire station complex that sat on the edge of taxiway C adjacent to the domestic apron. It was moved over there when they bulldozed the old buildings. It was used to provide back up runway/taxiway lighting power.
 
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