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  • The biggest working steam engine in britain

    Had a very enjoyable trip round the Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield yesterday and saw this. It's the River Don Engine weighing in at 400 tons and 12,000 horsepower. It was used to power a rolling mill so had to work both forwards and backwards. It was a very impressive sight when they fired it up (1:00 everyday but only for two minutes running time). As a guide to it's size those hand rails were about 4 feet high.



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    That is a monster. What do they run it on, steam or compressed air?
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    • #3
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      It was definitely steam Andrew and they spun it up to full speed very briefly though. A lot of mass moving pretty rapidly.
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        A fine sight to behold.
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        • #5
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          Here it is in steam. Lovely sounds you could feel through the floor and lovely smell too.

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            What a beast. Would be a good candidate for this months challenge
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            • #7
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              Oh yes why didn't I think of that Dave
              I'll have to look at a few other shots to see what I got that's worthy.
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              • #8
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                Fabulous machine, fabulous image Phill, I don't see any stitching errors and I'm inclined not to look for any. Love the way you used a slow shutter to show the spinning of the wheel.
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                • #9
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                  Thanks Mark. It was just a bit on the bottom hand rail. It was a difficult job as it was actually kinked not straight.
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                    Now that you mention it I see it. But it may well have been explained away by some big fat clumsy oaf having leant against it!
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                    • #11
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                      Ah that would be me then...
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                      • #12
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                        Hard to imagine a big fat clumsy body beneath those aqualine features, Phill. You're just being gracious I'm sure !
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                        • #13
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                          Certainly worth seeing if you're ever in Sheffield! It does run on steam, the two minutes running time is all the boiler can manage before it runs out of steam - literally. When it was working originally there was a bank of ten Lancashire boilers feeding it!

                          There's lots more interesting stuff at that museum too; more information here.
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                          • #14
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                            Nice stuff Phil
                            I am going to Seffield again soon I think I will visit the museum

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                              Lovely couple of photos Phill. Well exposed as inside. Might put that on my list to see....
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