This turbine failure must have been dramatic when it happened. I'm not sure if it blew out the wall behind, but other frames show a good amount of damage outside the plant.
This facility is on the White River near Tygh Valley. It produced electricity from 1910 until 1963, after the completion of the Dalles Dam. You can visit this decommissioned powerhouse now at the White River Falls State Park.
I bet he has dirty fingernails when he gets home at night.
I think the ability to invent and manufacture something like this is quite amazing.
It would be interesting to know what happened.
l.e. on 19th July 2013 @ 7:33am
What I find interesting, is no blades visible! Must have been quite catastrophic to not just blow out the side, but completely demolish the wheel inside!
spinsur on 19th July 2013 @ 8:41am
Wow, so cool! I recognized this immediately. It's so fun to explore that old building.
Casey on 20th July 2013 @ 11:12am