Actually the plant is still ran manually, I automated the main water source (Trout Lake) the penstock ruptured (6'diameter)and washed out the highway, which is cut into a very steep mountain causing a 150 mile detour. installed presure differental sensers on the penstock to auto. shut the main valve at the Lake. between the sensers being to sensistive and mounted on wrong place on the pipe, and using line of sight antena's instead of a phone line, project took a little over a year and half to get all the bugs worked out. But this plant still runs when needed (peaking load), it would run all the time but residents in the area with multimillion $$$ homes complain that they dont want any water in the penstock in case it rupture's again. if it did break there would be some spillage of course (big slow closing valve)and about 5 miles of penstock.
HVguy: Thanks for the pictures, and for the links to the other generating sites. I must admit that I was surprised to see the more modern-looking control panels. I guess I was expecting to see the old marble slabs and knife switches!
Kinda neat to see a piece of equipment cranking out electricity at 225 RPM!
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Looking at these sort of pictures of old generating plant, I often find myself in awe, not just at the sheer quantities of power involved, but also in the design and building work that went into these early generating plants.
The site mentions that there have been upgrades over the years. Since it is still a useful part of the power grid, I'd guess the modern control panels are part of one of those upgrades. I'm sure all the yellow guarding we see was not there when the plant opened either.