SP0787 : Thinktank - the Smethwick Engine

taken 7 years ago, near to Birmingham, Great Britain

Thinktank - the Smethwick Engine
Thinktank - the Smethwick Engine
Birmingham's science and technology museum is home to the world's oldest operable steam engine, built by Boulton & Watt in 1779 to pump water for the Birmingham Canal Navigation at Smethwick. This engine has seen four homes spread over parts of four centuries. The cylinder and valve gear are not original but represent an important early phase in steam engine evolution. The engine can be moved hydraulically but is shown in steam occasionally. Steam operation is limited in deference to its age and rarity.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 2 March, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0779 8719 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.9547N 1:53.2033W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0779 8719
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Science and Technology Museum  Steam Engine (Preserved)  Steam Engine  Thinktank 

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