GREENWICH POWER STATION PAST AND FUTURE
News that London Underground’s Lots Road Power Station has closed focuses attention on our own riverside power station – just east of the Cutty Sark. Thel power for London Underground is now concentrated there. It may be that this is the oldest Power Station still at work! - here is what a group of local gas workers thought about it in 1907
A VISIT TO THE L.C.C. GENERATING STATION, GREENWICH.
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These matters, however, were but little thought of as we entered the great dynamo-room, where two steam-driven 5,000 kilowatt alternating-current dynamos are running. The almost entire absence of vibration is, under the circumstances, remarkable, and speaks well for the solid foundations of the building. The armatures of these dynamos are 30 feet in diameter, have 36 poles, and run at 95 revolutions per minute. Eight ropes running over grooved pulleys take the place of the more familiar leather belt.
|Engine Room 1906.|
One could only take a passing glance at the main switches, necessarily labelled 'DANGER', two rotary pumps which draw water from the river at the rate of 11,000 gallons daily, and many other clever contrivances which time forbad the inspection, we would like to have given. We finish our visit at the controlling switch-boards, where the whole system is controlled by switches which seem much too small for such important duties. By each switch is a small circular window, a red light denoting the switch to be closed and the line in that particular district supplied with power. The many switches with their little windows in darkness give us an idea of the prospective extensions of our tramway system.
On leaving the building one cannot help a desire to linger yet a while over some of the mechanical marvels, the emanations of man's brain, controlled by a few men, but which supply the power to carry daily to and fro, on business or pleasure; so many thousands of human beings
HELEK. (writing in Co-partnership Journal 1907)
published Jan 2003 in GIHS Newsletter