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Here you will find many other interesting
pieces of machinery that are powered by steam.
From the industrial revolution steam reigned supreme.
Install a stationary steam engine and connect it up to some
line shafting, and you can easily power a whole factory or mill.
Huge beam engines were made that pumped massive
of water out of mines, or in water pumping stations. Steam
was tried in transport. Lorries, buses and even cars were
made with varying success. Steam cars were fast
and quiet, but not very practical. Raising steam
is time consuming - far easier to turn a key!
are many interesting items to view here by just browsing the photos.
Somehow steam is magical, and brings things alive!
||This is a Foden steam lorry at the Great
Dorset Steam Fair.
||This Stanley steam car has a Charabanc
body. Also seen at Dorset.
||Here there is a Foden steam lorry and a
Sentinel steam van side by side. These were spotted at Netley
Marsh Steam Rally.
||This one is a Robey heavy haulage engine,
seen at Dorset.
||Another steam car. This one is
usually at the Dorset Steam Fair.
||This John Bull steam engine drives the
gallopers in this fairground ride. Again from Dorset.
||This is a large horizontal engine at Kew
Bridge Steam Museum.
||This triple expansion Hawthorn Davey engine
can be seen at Twyford Waterworks in Hampshire.
||High up in the gallery at Kew Bridge is
this huge beam which can be seen operating when the engine is in steam.
||This is a part of the engine on the paddle
steamer Unterwalden. We had a trip on her on Lake Lucerne in
Switzerland in 2002. The whole engine was absolutely
spotless. A magnificent sight. Management told me the
scenery outside was lovely too!