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Engravings for Steam Engines with a Classic Architectural Influence
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Re: Engravings for Steam Engines with a Classic Architectural Influence
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2011, 04:36:24 PM »

A couple of engines at the Henry Ford Museum, near Detroit, each showing high machine art. The "Gothic" beam engine used to power a factory in Philadelphia for about 75 years, plus a beautiful Hershoff Steam Launch Engine.
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Re: Engravings for Steam Engines with a Classic Architectural Influence
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2011, 05:25:56 AM »

Fred-

There is a lot of artwork in those engines.
It is surprising how decoractive some of them got.

There must have been somewhat of a competition between the engine makers to see who could make the most striking looking engine.

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Re: Engravings for Steam Engines with a Classic Architectural Influence
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2011, 02:30:36 PM »

One of the most fantastic sites for high Victorian Steam Machine Art is the Crossness Pumping Station in London.    There are four large (about 90 feet high) beam engine/pump sets, one has been restored and works under steam every few months. The cast iron embelishments are amazing, entering the plant it seems that it is perhaps the lobby of a five star European hotel, not a pumping station.  In and among all of this art there are slowly moving levers and cranks, everywhere. I went there to to see and take pictures, but unfortunately most of my pictures are not very good, as I immediately went into a trance upon entering the engine hall.

It was built around 1860, worked for almost 100 years, and, believe it or not, was never open to public view until 2005!

I have some video of the machinery in motion, will post as soon as I get a moment, and figure out how to do that.
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Re: Engravings for Steam Engines with a Classic Architectural Influence
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2011, 06:09:11 PM »

Fred-

Thanks very much for the photos.
It is hard to believe the ornamentation they use to use for pump stations, and steam designs in general (traction engines, locomotives, etc.) in GB.

The sound of all that machinery running must also be something to behold.

You can always post the video on YouTube, and then post a link here to YouTube.

Thanks again, terrific photos!
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