SP0687 : Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry - uniflow engine

taken 21 years ago, near to Birmingham, Great Britain

Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry - uniflow engine
Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry - uniflow engine
This is the old museum that closed in 1997 and was demolished. It was an excellent 'old school' museum and one of the first things I did when I came to Birmingham University was go here at the earliest opportunity.
This horizontal single cylinder uniflow was built in 1924 by W & J Galloway, Manchester used by Hovis at Macclesfield. The cylinder is 12.5" x 26" and it developed 64 horsepower at 200 rpm. It is a technological tour de force with oil hydraulic valve gear, automatic compression relief, pressure lubrication, electric stop motion, eccentric bolt overspeed trip and a flexible rear cylinder support. This is now at Thinktank - SP0787 : Galloway Uniflow Engine.

From a technological viewpoint, this is one of my favourite engines (size isn't everything) and I was once honoured by being allowed to help start it by operating the steam valves by hand - quite tricky and tiring.

The photograph was taken just before the museum's closure and it was to be three years until the exhibits (some of them) were back on display at Thinktank.
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Friday, 3 October, 1997   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 15 February, 2012
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Birmingham 
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