Stationary Steam Engines

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Stationary Steam Engines

By Geoffrey Hayes

Shire Publications, Paperback, 9780852636527, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 22, 2011


In Victorian times the steam engine was almost the only source of mechanical power. Thousands of these engines were at work driving machinery in factories and pumping stations throughout Britain, but following the development of the electric motor steam power has become virtually extinct in British industry. Ironically, with their disappearance from commercial use, more engines are available for public viewing than ever there were during their heyday, and some can be seen operating under steam in the places where they spent their working lives. To most people these engines will seem complex and mysterious. This book aims to resolve some of the complexities and mysteries. It gives an outline of the development of the stationary steam engine and explains in simple language how it works.

About the Author
Geoffrey Hayes is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo and is the associate director of the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research focuses on the First and Second World Wars and Canada's role in current international conflicts. Mark Sedra is a research associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), a German-based independent think tank specializing in peace and security issues. His research focuses on the topic of post-conflict state-building with an emphasis on the security sector. Since 2001 the bulk of his work has centered on Afghanistan.