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St. Andrew's Cross Electricity Works

From Graces Guide

of Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow

1897 Two sites for new power stations, one for the north and another for the south side of the river, were purchased in Glasgow - about four and a half acres of ground at Port Dundas, adjoining the Forth and Clyde Canal at Speirs’ Wharf, and about two acres of ground close to Eglinton Toll, or St Andrew's Cross, in Pollokshaws Road.

c.1900 The works were completed

1904 An additional steam turbine of 1,400 kilowatts capacity by Willans and Robinson was installed. The turbine drove two dc dynamos, giving 500 to 600 volts each, constructed by Siemens Brothers and Co at Stafford. The boilers were of the Babcock & Wilcox type, exactly like those already installed. Each would have a grate area of 76 square feet and a heating surface of 4,020 square feet, the steam pressure being 200lbs per square inch, and the superheaters constructed to give 200 degrees of superheat. The new boilers were erected with the special arrangement of boiler setting designed by Mr H. W. Miller, of the Kensington and Knightsbridge Electric Lighting Co, Limited, in London.

Cooling towers were placed in the tanks over the boiler house to cool the water from the condensers of the turbine and the engines. One of these towers was supplied by Messrs. Richardsons, Westgarth and Co, of Hartlepool, this being of the Koppel type, and two smaller ones were supplied by Messrs. Klein and Co, of Manchester.


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