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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 4th July, 2018)

Gubbins and counter


Gubbins and counter
Leigh Spinners Mill mill engine with counter showing 7,877,087.

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D850 with Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 )
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Comment by: Kevan on 4th July 2018 at 00:39

The Gubbins part is to provide lubricating oil to various internal (usually) components both prior to start up, using the winding handle on the l/h side and during the running of the engine when small drops of oil would be seen in the brass framed window on the right.
The trumpet style looking knobs on the top of the container would allow adjustment of the size ( volume ) of the oil drops and the frequency ( drips per minute ).
Our Foundry air supply used almost identical units on the 5ea 2400cfm Ingersol Rand Compressors that always had 3 units under load plus one to look after leaks (Oh the shame ) and one out for service. All tended by a stone deaf scotsman who lip read every word spoken in his vicinity.

Comment by: Gary on 4th July 2018 at 08:25

Thanks Dave for the photo - and to Kevan for the info. Reminded me of a bloke who worked at Wallsuches in Horwich who was stone deaf.
Drop a tanner on soft ground ten yards behind him and he'd turn to look for it.

Comment by: DTease on 4th July 2018 at 09:23

That's a cracking word "Gubbins". Some words just naturally 'Fit' don't they? If someone tells you "It's a Gubbins" you know exactly what kind of thing they are talking about even though you can't picture it in your mind.
"Doofer" is another similar word.

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th July 2018 at 18:45

It reminds me of the opening of one of my favourite films, "Spring and Port Wine", in which Rafe Crompton, (James Mason), tends the mill engine, whilst his son and daughter work in the weaving shed.

Comment by: Philip G. on 4th July 2018 at 21:34

I've nearly done, please come this way, some parts are lacking ease …,
Here I am! beneath your feet, speed Krakow Kacper, please.

I heard you ask for 'liquid gold', the rest was quite unclear
So kindly tell me what you mean, by 'scarlet doofer theer'.

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