Top 1000 Steam Pictures

Steam engine with oscillating cylinders

Never understood the point of a oscillating engine at this scale. You’ve got sliding valve surfaces that take are tough to seal, trunions and bearings that take a lot of abuse, and even more side pressure on the gland packings than on a normal

BR Standard Class 8 #71000 – The Duke of Gloucester

The *Duke* was built in April 1954, and resembles most British locomotives from the 1930s onwards. The last steam locomotive built by British Rail was the BR Standard Class 9F [92220 *Evening Star*](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_standard_class_9F_92220_Evening_Star#/media/File:92220_EVENING_STAR_at_Bolton_Percy.jpg), built in April 1960. The last mainline steam-hauled revenue-earning service in

Abandoned Power

Looks like a winding engine that hauls something up? The rope would go around the enormous wood-clad pulley. Neat. It looks like these are [uniflow](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniflow_steam_engine) engines. I wasn’t sure at first, but [this one](http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1591339), labeled as such, certainly appears to be a similar model

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](https://encrypted.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=pulley%20powered%20machine%20shop&tbs=imgo:1#imgdii=_&imgrc=Np8r8LN8W1T0RM%253A%3BegmSdu_bK6QtAM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.dansdata.com%252Fimages%252Fblog%252Fdrive_belts%252Fmany_belts_1280.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.howtospotapsychopath.com%252F2012%252F06%252F12%252Fthe-pulley-paradox%252F%3B1280%3B985) 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. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Pastorius)

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.
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