Old Engines, A Tech Stuff Special

Recently I posted this video in Tech Stuff. Since people seemed to like it and I really like big massive machinery I thought that I would make Tech Stuff special post with engines, lots of the big engines and some not so big.  Also The CT Antique machinery show is coming up and this is a good way to show off the show.

There are two ways to get horsepower.  One is to go small and fast.  There other is to go large and slow. For the  19th and early 20th Century the only choice available was large and slow. which made for impressive machines. Horizontal engines were introduced in the mid 19th and fairly rapidly became the most used frames for stationary steam engines.  The same

I’ve posted about engines before, including one from Jay Leno’s collection.


And a steam powered machine shop.


And some old sawmills.


Some engines.



And post about a local steam engineer, Conrad Milster.


Along with some scans from a 1855 engine book.


And a visit to a steam engine factory.


Some steam videos.



Steam powered rice mill in Thailand. It’s incredibly rare for engines of this kind to be used in actual work anymore.  Mostly when you do see it, it’s because the fuel, like here, is waste and free.

Here’s some gas engine videos.



These engines are gone in practical use here in the states, but antique machinery museums, most run by clubs of enthusiasts and volunteers keeping these machines alive for future generations to see. Many of these museums have fall festivals where they run the big stuff



Including the CT Antique Machinery Association which is having it’s 32nd annual show in Sept.

I posted about this great show last year. If you are in the area in early fall this is a great trip.  Not only is the CAMA show a great show, but Kent and the local area is great for antiquing and just enjoying the New England countryside.


Here’s a video I shot in 2012.

Here’s the CT Antique Machinery page for this years show.



And some more

That’s the end of this little engine fest.  If there is an engine show coming up or an antique machinery museum near you, pay them a visit.  There’s nothing like standing next to one of these big machines for real.










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