beam engine

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beam engine

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(Mechanical Engineering) an early type of steam engine, in which a pivoted beam is vibrated by a vertical steam cylinder at one end, so that it transmits motion to the workload, such as a pump, at the other end
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new walk museum houses a large number of objects and artefacts from the internationally famous charnia fossil to rare victorian beam engines.
It is in Gothic revival style and housed two beam engines to pump water from the river Sowe to a reservoir used to supply Coventry with clean water.
The site, which was originally owned by Darlington Gas and Water Company, began to supply water to Darlington and the surrounding areas from 1850 with the station's steampowered beam engines and gas engines pumping water from the River Tees.
The engines are the largest surviving and working Woolf compound rotative beam engines in the country.
At Blagdon Lake, students had the chance to feed some huge rainbow trout and see big tanks of trout fry before watching the magnificent beam engines at work in the gothic styled pumping station.
In 1973, after attending The Decca Radar World Conference in Brighton England, James and Marie were introduced to the study of the Cornish beam engines, the world's first steam engine type.
DUE to be retired in 1969 after almost 100 years' steady work were two of the last beam engines in Huddersfield, and, in fact, in the country, pictured above.
Back then they were particularly proud that their beam engines could pump 19,000 gallons of water from a mine while burning only 12 bushels of coal - hence 19 to the dozen.
Now a museum, it houses two giant beam engines and he will be given a full explanations of its proud history and that of the engines, which were installed in 1868.
The members included Boulton, the Birmingham industrialist whose empire spanned everything from buttons and buckles to beam engines.
He helped design and build the Hamilton, ON water works and the two walking beam engines to pump water from Lake Ontario in 1857.
Cornish beam engines, designed to reduce the fuel costs of draining deep mines in the region, are well represented.