talking with dad

Yestarday I was talking with my dad and we were remembering how it felt to listen to a vessel diesel engine being tested, while still in the factory.

My dad used to work for Grandi Motori Trieste – now Wärtsilä – and at least once a year kids had the opportunity to visit the factory: piccola meccanica, media meccanica and grande meccanica…

We could see the brand new CNC machines with robotic applications – mind you: it was the 70s – and the giant engine heads, pistons and pumps. The most spectacular was the visit to the grande meccanica, where the engine would be assembled, and tested.

A diesel engine for a container or a supertanker is as big as a 3-storey building, When it is being tested, it is as though a whole building was ready to take off, like a rocket. The sound vibrations would be so powerful to pound on your chest (you would be wearing mandatory industrial headphones).

Unfortunately I could not find on youtube a video shot in the GMT’s grande meccanica, so I picked a more modern one, always from Wärtsilä, but shot in South Korea. The crankshaft is as big as the ones I remember from my childhood…

Once upon a time was a small village in the mountains, near the iron curtain border…a big and modern factory, the best in the whole Western Europe, was built there…they manufactured incredibly beautiful things, and people would move from big cities to go and work there…even if they would not speak the local language…

2 Responses to “talking with dad”

  1. April 2, 2017 at 11:53

    Potevano fare a meno della musica …

  2. 2 stripedcat
    April 2, 2017 at 13:38

    sarebbe stata preferibile la musica dei Soulwax!!

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