Top 1000 Steam Pictures

Daguerreotype of an unidentified man posing with a steam engine, c. 1850.

Well, not sure exactly, but do you see those twisted vertical lines by the man’s head? Those are belts [running from an overhead pulley shaft to run machinery]( This is how most factories and machine shops powered their equipment before the advent of small,

Traction engine running a hay baling machine

This is where a lot of us at the museum learned the basics of firing. On the road, it’s difficult to see what’s going on, but with a stationary boiler and continuous (heavy) load, we can see who really knows their stuff (and get

Electrician B. Fitzgerald cleaning the headlight of a locomotive at the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. All engines operating west of Needles are equipped with hooded headlights in accordance with the blackout regulations, Needles, California, March 1943 by Jack Delano.

because we were at war, and foreign soldieres had made it to our soil. german u-boats landed on the east coast and soldiers attempted to sabotage our infrastructure. (

Bluebell Railway #263

It was a lovely morning on the Isle of Sodor. The engines were just waking up and waiting to ride the turntable out of the roundhouse. Percy, as usual, was hogging it.

Arrow Transfer

Watching these things steer is just painful. At least on the ones that I’ve seen, they don’t have the ability to stop either track. To turn, an assistant puts wedges under one side to cause the machine to slowly turn in that direction.

Milwaukee Road 261

Hi, This was at the Northeast yards…off University, south of Columbia Heights. She ran excursions the following weekend, and I staked out a spot to watch her rumble by. Very cool. Got some pics I could post if you’re interested.

Ex-Norfolk & Western Class M 4-8-0 #475

Rods down and all….hnnng. Fun thing with 475 (and the other surviving Mollies) is the deck-less cab: the firebox comes back to the tender deck, making for a slightly cramped ride for the crew. Oh, and the cab interior is practically identical to the

Steam engine with oscillating cylinders built in 1853

Oscillating engine built in 1853 by J. & A. Blyth of London for the Austrian paddle steamer Orsova Steam engine with oscillating cylinders after the design by Joseph Maudslay, built in 1853 by J.&A. Blyth, London. Installed in the Austrian side-paddle tugboat Orsova. Operating

Nuclear Arabelle steam turbine at Flamanville.

I do. I’m in data analysis, but I like to keep myself as well-informed on our products as possible. We build smaller turbines and very large centrifugal compressors. Most of our turbines are single-flow path, but we have split unit compressors that route gas

Turboalternators, Diablo Canyon Units 1 & 2

You can easily see three low-pressure steam turbine casings, the main generator, then the exciter for the generator electromagnet. There should be a high-pressure turbine casing to the left of the low pressure sections. The other unit’s low-pressure steam lines are visible in the

Robey & Co Traction Engine after boiler explosion

Whew, steam gore. Cool picture! One quibble; despite the website name, this isn’t a traction engine. Judging by the equally-sized, non-treaded wheels, and lack of drive or steering gear, this is an engine that would be pulled from place to place and set up

Merryweather Steam Fire Pump

Very nice, I love how simple and elegant Merryweathers were, highly functional too! Also, is that some kind of Marshal vertical boiler tandem roller in the background?