What to do with a 1915 machine shop electricity laws uk

I posted a bit ago regarding a 12′ Lodge and Shipley lathe but I received so much feedback that I decided id take a moment and share the rest of a recent acquisition with you all. About 6 months ago my dad and I purchased a machine shop in downtown Roanoke that is part of a string of buildings originally built to house Roanokes horse and carraige fleet in 1915. Not long after the popularization of the automobile, this particular building was converted into a machine shop to help support the railroad industry. The Price Filler machine shop had multiple contracts with Norfolk and Western for quite some time and as evident with the amount of tooling, was a very wealthy shop for quite some time. Fast forward 80 years, the shop was purchased by a gentleman and used as a prototyping or job shop and even manufactured pins and plates for the medical field with a specific focus in repairing large bone fractures (scary stuff).

The goal with the space is to find a home for all the machinery that is no longer practical to use (the massive lathes, super specialized equipment, some line drive tools, etc.) and retain one self powered lathe, one line drive lathe, the bridgeport, a vertical band saw and various tooling with the intention of opening a "maker space" sort of environment where people can come learn about machining, welding, blacksmithing, or even rent space to work on their own projects.

Anyway, im really sharing just to share as I have been impressed with the collective amount of knowledge on this forum and I thought you all might enjoy a peek inside what is essentially a time capsule. Any information as to what i have here is greatly appreciated. Trying to find a home for all this amazing equipment is a challenging task but knowledge is power.

Interesting the big POND has that on one end and NBP on the other – of course relating to Niles Bement Pond.There was apparently a longish transition period after the P&W acquisition and merger of Niles Tool Works with Bement and Pond to form the "conglomerate" – for that is what it was, long before, Textron, LTV and such – of N-B-P. They went on to acquire dozens of other firms.

The clue, cast into in the tailstock’s base was "City of Allegheny". Happens I was born there, not the first generation of our family, either. We knew that a legal and popular battle had been waged over long years to resist forced incorporation as "Northside" Pittsburgh, PA.

That I cannot find ANY reference to machine tools of that sort being built in that jurisdiction, nor the fossilized remains of any such facility as could have done in that era, is the mystery. The physical terrain – Cutler Street, Pittsburgh’s steepest, was a short walk from home, and the whole small area very steep and on chronically sliding soils, is not at all suited to foundry operations, nor even assembly.

I see what you mean looking a little closer the L andS seems a little redundant with the big NBP in there and some others . Great pictures by the way. Even have a Hendey T and G.Those old L&S of that era were slow, but Niles were old designs and slower, yet. All of the ones Galis used had been "up motored", probably during the World War II build-up. Some had been line shafters before even that. The "Dinosaur" had been a cone-head, then fitted with a Morse rocker-link so-called "silent" (a lie, if ever was..) chain around 10"-11" wide. A fifty HP Dee Cee motor drove that to make lots of big chips.. and even more noise and brilliant green arc flash.

The 8-foot VTL, "Karussel" to First-shift foreman of German heritage, "merry go round" to the rest of us, had lost its cushioning on drive rims – probably Gutta Percha – of the variable speed disks that powered the traverse. Screeched like a banshee the whole shift. Fortunately was only needed a few times a year, ‘coz we had safety glasses and steel toads, but no hearing protection, those days.

Nothing special. There were about 60 of us, three shifts, more-yet "FMC" parent company plant a few miles down the road in Fairmont, WV, and tens of thousands nationwide in much the same boat. The aftermath of major wars has lots of marginal shops living off the table-scraps of machine-tools.