Details of the
​Line Shaft Project


  • Two large DC motors rotate two main line shafts on either side of the heavy machine shop to power the machines.
  • The main line shaft bearings have become worn and misaligned, making them inoperable.
  • We need an estimated at $20,000 to get things working.


  • The Thomas A. Edison Laboratory Complex in West Orange represents his pioneering efforts in industrial research and development.
  • Operable line shafts will provide visitors with an insight into a 19th-century machine shop, its working conditions, and Edison’s innovative business model.
  • The sights, sounds and smells of the working machine shop will excite and inspire visitors as they experience a live demonstration of the machinery by park staff.


  • As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, it’s offering matching grant funds to partners like the Friends of Thomas Edison NHP through its Centennial Challenge program.
  • Through this program, the NPS will match our funding dollar for dollar.

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