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Quite a few Great steam Illustrations

  1. Steam
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    Photo frommidlander1231
    A very cold morning and a low sun hidden behind the steam, has given this image a more dramatic feel. What I can’t convey in the image is the noise this locomotive is making.
    For those of you that may be interested, the image was taken at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway.
    Thanks for looking.

    Tony

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  3. Steam Times Three
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    Photo fromahockley
    Three steam engines work hard on a photo runby at the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

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  5. Steam Engine Stationary
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    Photo fromDon McCullough
    Here is the 30 HP steam engine that drives the saw blades. One is in motion and the other stationary before it started. The steam enters from the right, via the pipe with the red valve handle. The piston is to the right. It drives the flywheel to the left. The big band wheel behind the flywheel drives the saw blades on the floor above. The tiny band rising from left to right drives the steam engine valves. The valves are controlled by the whirring thing on the right.

    It took me a while on Wikipedia and Youtube to understand how a steam engine works, because the steam drives both sides of the piston. That is different than a gasoline engine, which only drives on one side of the piston. The valve controls which side of the piston the steam enters and powers. It also lets the steam exhaust out of the other side of the piston, which is vented outside.

    The valve was the advance over the Newcomen atmospheric steam engine (1712) that James Watt invented in 1781. The valve here is a Corliss valve (I think) and is a later improvement over Watts’s valve. And it uses a centrifugal regulator, which is the whirring spinning thing.

    I market networking technology for a living, and it can be hard to impress people with just demonstrations of bits and bytes flying by in a wire. But a steam engine makes for a really impressive demonstration with its simplicity, its moving parts and its noise. Amazing.

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  7. Mainline Steam
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    Photo frommidlander1231
    Locomotives Braunton and Nunney Castle, double-head through Marazion Marshes on their way back to London after their weekend in Penzance. Both engines are required to pull the classic train up the long Cornish main line gradients. A superb sight not seen too often in Penzance as most steam hauled trains entering Cornwall turn at Par, near St. Austell.

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  9. Kern Steam Power Plant
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    Photo fromTunnelBug
    It’s been 26 years since the mammoth Kern Power Plant shut down. The complex once was an important part of the local power grid. Water was heated with natural gas or fuel oil to produce high-pressure steam that was used to spin turbines to generate electricity.

    The plant began commercial operation in 1948, closed in 1985 and was declared inoperable in 1995 after PG&E determined it was cost prohibitive to bring the aging facility up to modern production standards.

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  11. Steam Engine in Motion
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    Photo fromDon McCullough
    Here is the 30 HP steam engine that drives the saw blades. One is in motion and the other stationary before it started. The steam enters from the right, via the pipe with the red valve handle. The piston is to the right. It drives the flywheel to the left. The big band wheel behind the flywheel drives the saw blades on the floor above. The tiny band rising from left to right drives the steam engine valves. The valves are controlled by the whirring thing on the right.

    It took me a while on Wikipedia and Youtube to understand how a steam engine works, because the steam drives both sides of the piston. That is different than a gasoline engine, which only drives on one side of the piston. The valve controls which side of the piston the steam enters and powers. It also lets the steam exhaust out of the other side of the piston, which is vented outside.

    The valve was the advance over the Newcomen atmospheric steam engine (1712) that James Watt invented in 1781. The valve here is a Corliss valve (I think) and is a later improvement over Watts’s valve. And it uses a centrifugal regulator, which is the whirring spinning thing.

    I market networking technology for a living, and it can be hard to impress people with just demonstrations of bits and bytes flying by in a wire. But a steam engine makes for a really impressive demonstration with its simplicity, its moving parts and its noise. Amazing.

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