Steam engine celebrates milestone

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A piece of Valley history turned 99 years old Saturday.

The Tod Engine is the centerpiece of Tod Engine Heritage Park on Hubbard Road in Youngstown. The 260 ton, 4,000 horsepower stationary steam engine used to drive rolling mills at Youngstown Sheet and Tube and the Briar Hill Works. The engine was built in 1914 and was refurbished in 1995.

It took several years to raise funding to move the engine piece by piece it its location in the park.

The Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum was built around the engine. Executive Director Rick Rowlands said people need to understand the historic value of the machinery.

“It’s very important to preserve our industrial heritage and to save pieces of equipment like this,” said Rowlands. “Kind of show the public the size and scale of the machinery used in the steel industry.”

The engine was built by the William Tod Company which was located in downtown Youngstown.

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