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Old 02-12-2012, 12:31 AM
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Does anyone know or have any information about this old generating station?

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Old 02-12-2012, 07:05 AM
Location: St. Augustine
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I worked in there a few times when I was a boilermaker. It was called Ridgeland Station and had B&W coal fired boilers. The boilers were small as central generating plants go and Edison tore the place down, oh, maybe 20-25 years ago. I assumed they didn't want to spend the money needed to keep up with pollution control---baghouses, precipitators, over-fired air and such.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:23 PM
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Thank you for the info Irishtom29! I am currently learning about how the boiler system works. I work at the Waukegan ex-ComEd coal plant.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:24 PM
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Default Ridgeland station

Yes I used to work there when I was in my Late teens and early twenties. It was a Generating Station that Commonwealth Edison owned. One of the Three that were right on the canal there. The was "Ridgeland station" and a couple miles up the canal was "Crawford Station" and a little further up the Canal was the oldest Generating station in Chicago "Fisk Station".

I think Ridgeland was the newest of the three.

When I worked there, in the operating department it was an oil burning plant, it had been converted from coal some years before I started working there.

There where six(6), Five story boiler that generated steam, I believe they where Babcock and Wilcox boilers that operated at 1800 PSI @ 1050 degrees F. They supplied superheated steam to either General electric high pressure and Low pressure Turbines, Allis Chamlers high pressure and Low pressure Turbines and I believe one other manufacturer of turbines in there that I can't recall right now, high pressure and Low pressure Turbines.

It was the most Modern Power plant in the world when it came on line in the 50's. People from all over the world would come and see it's operation.

I could go on and on but I think it was taken out of service in 1980's or early 1990's. I remember that because, ironically I had left there to pursue a career that offered in the then brand new computer field, when computers and office equipment where just starting to become a more widely used everywhere Well any way one day I had the go back to "RIDGELAND STATION" there and repair the copy machine for the company that was in charge of it's dismantling. I say dismantling because I was told they where taking it apart piece by piece and bringing it down to Florida and re assembling it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:43 PM
Location: Bay Area
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I love steam power. Such an ideal system.
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:42 AM
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This power plant is still in operation, albeit heavily modified. It now burns biofuel (wood).
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:16 PM
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Default Closed in 1982

Due to high oil costs the plant was torn down and much of the equipment was sold. I worked there from 1978 to 1982. I helped drain all the systems and process all the wastes. It was a good place to work and had good people. Everyone found jobs at other stations.
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:11 AM
Location: Chicago
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Hey, any of you guys know about the MWRD pumping station at Pershing and the lake?

They demolished it yes, but did they demolish the sewers too?

Also, I heard there was some other boiler thing by the Francisco Avenue Pumping Station / North Side pumping station by Lawrence and the river. Underneath Ronan Park is quite an intricate sewer system.

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