Thermal Engines

Some of my collection:

RE Old's Steam Engine  

Cyldon 13 /2: This little engine Had a valve problem when it was gifted to me, it is a working model and complete, it was manufactured in England between 1947 and 1951.

Weeden #14:

Manufactured in the late 1800's. Three different designs exist for the Weeden #14 this is the middle version and it has no original burner.


Manufactured in the 1970's the company still makes this engine among others. 


Vertical Air Engine

 This is a Stirling Engine in operation, it hits a very high RPM and runs off heat only no steam. It works by a change in air pressure caused by the candle or burner heating one of two cylinders.

These engines are very efficient and are currently being used in homes and applications to help reduce or remove power consumption.

Candle driven Air engine (Christmas Nativity Candle)

This is a fun Christmas Air Engine, it moves thanks to hot air generated by a candle passing threw the propeller.
Spinn off's of this kind of thermal engine can serve to provide electricity.
Vanadium is an element that will help with household power storage by allowing for over fourty years capacitence.

Vertical Stirling Engine:

This is another Air Engine.

I have no idea locomotive

This Locomotive looks to be hand made, videos coming soon!

Background of the Steam Engine:

Thomas Savery patented the first crude steam engine in 1698. "Thomas Newcomen" improved on this design. 

It wasn't until Scotsman James Watt improved on the steam engine in the second half of the 18th century that it became widely used and attributed to the Industrial Revolution. 

Interesting Facts:

  1. Steam engines are still used today, in theory they run nuclear power plants, the steam turbine is a steam engine.

  2. The Watt - a unit of power familiar today when dealing with light bulbs - was named after James Watt the inventor.

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So why is the website called "About steam"?

Not because of the "Steam" gamming platform but because we're all about steam engines. Not only will you find Steam engines but you'll find information on other engines too.

"About Steam" is educational and handy if you're interested in learning how power is tranformed. (Not Created).

If you'd like to post some information about a steam engine you have, please feel free to send video links and/ or pictures, "About Steam" will host the information for you free.

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