Newcomen steam engine at Caprington Colliery, near Kilmarnock, 1897.

Newcomen steam engine at Caprington Colliery, near Kilmarnock, 1897.
2 7 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 19cm

Description

Drawing, dated 22 October 1897, and photograph, showing a beam engine powered by steam. The Newcomen, designed by the English inventor Thomas Newcomen (1663-1729), was the first really practical steam engine, and was built primarily to pump water out of mines. They have a large beam at the top which rocks back and forth and transfers power from a piston moving in a cylinder. Steam enters the cylinder as the piston moves up, it is condensed, and the air presure then forces the piston down.

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