Steam in the West
- Steam in the West
- It was a Devon man, Thomas Newcomen, who first appreciated the power of steam when harnessed to work a piston inside a cylinder. From his experiments at the end of the eighteenth century came the first stationary steam engines enmployed for pumping water from mine workings in the West Country. Thus the West of England was in the forefront of steam pioneering which heralded the countrywide Industrial Revolution. Steam power was developed in Victorian times as the main means of propulsion for nearly all forms of then known transport on land and water.
- Today the West Country is still in the forefront of steam traction but in preserved form not only on such railways as the Dart Valley but also the many restored traction, showmen's and other road engines, steam wagons and the like, which can be seen at rallies in the West of England and other parts of Great Britain.
- This album portrays steam in action west of a line from the Bristol Channel to the New Forest, in its past glories of everyday working and today with lovingly cared-for working antiques of a past era.
- 96 pages, 1974, Case bound, 6½" x 9¾"
- ISBN-10 071536605x
- ISBN-13 9780715366059
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