Textile mill engine, 1903.
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Detail showing the low presure cylinder 'steaming up'. This engine, made by the Burnley Ironworks Company in Lancashire, is on display in the East Hall gallery at the Science Museum, London. Such engines were highly economical and their speed could be closely governed. This engine drove up to 1,500 weaving looms at the Harle Syke Mill in Burnley from 1903 to 1970. The use of such engines declined gradually from the 1930s as the use of electric motors increased.