TQ2679 : Science Museum - The Atkinson Engine

taken 4 years ago, near to Kensington, Kensington And Chelsea, Great Britain

Science Museum - The Atkinson Engine
Science Museum - The Atkinson Engine
A Boulton & Watt rotative beam engine built in 1797 and erected for John Maude, manufacturing chemist in London and later transferred to Atkinson's chemical works where it ran until 1886. The original cylinder was 16" x 48" but in 1806 it was replaced by the current 19.25" bore cylinder. This engine has the added sophistication of a separate cut-off valve in the steam supply operated by a cam and roller on the countershaft driving the valve gear. The structure, including the beam is largely wood. Cast iron beams came in from 1800 onwards.

The Science Museum used to display a later engine that was of all metal construction ('The Salt Union' engine of c1810) but this is believed to no longer exist.
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Date Taken
Monday, 9 September, 2013   (more nearby)
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Friday, 20 September, 2013
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Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2678 7921 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.8573N 0:10.5003W
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Steam Engine (Preserved)  Stationary Steam Engine  Steam Engine  Beam Engine  Science Museum 

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