Line Shaft

This is a look down the center line shaft in the shop. There are five line shafts in all, totaling more than 90 feet. From these shafts, belts go to the various machines to power them. This was the predominant means of power transmission before electic motors became prevelant in the 1930’s. I’ve never added up how many countershafts are driven by the line shafts or how many hundreds of feet of belt drive the machines.