West and Darlington’s Hydraulic Machinery

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The Sketch of the life of William West devotes several paragraphs to a description of West and Darlington’s hydraulic machinery. This starts at page 89 of the Last Great Cornish Engineer, but without relevant diagrams it makes heavy reading. So here is one of those diagrams….Hope it helps the words make a bit more sense…..

This image illustrates West’s design for an hydraulic counter balance. It appears to be a replacement for the balance bobs in use at that time in pitwork to counterbalance the weight of the pump rods.