Stationary Steam Engines
In Victorian times the steam engine was the main
source of mechanical power, and thousands were at work driving machinery in factories and pumping stations throughout Britain.
Following the development of the electric motor, however, steam power has become virtually extinct in British industry. Ironically,
with their disappearance from commercial use, more engines are available for public viewing than ever before, and some can
be seen in operation in the places where they spent their working lives. To most people these engines will seem complex and
mysterious. This book aims to resolve some of the complexities and mysteries. It gives an outline of the development of the
stationary steam engine and explains in simple language how it works.
Introduction /How a steam engine works /Pioneers
of steam /Engine developments /Valves and valve gear /Boilers /Epilogue /Engines accessible to the public
of stationary steam engines, a hugely influential industrial method in the Victorian period.