Smethwick Engine, built in 1779, is a steam engine still in working order. It was design by James Watt, and built by the Birmingham Canal Company, England. The Smethwick Engine is now located in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Science and Industry. But between the years of 1779 and 1891 (over 100 years in service) it pumped water on the canal at Smethwick, England.
- An 1833 steam engine still in perfect working order – Review of …
The museum is (literally) built round a large steam engine, installed in 1833 to prevent flooding by pumping excess water into drainage channels.
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Are there any countries in which steam engines have a regular purpose, or are still dominant on the railway? When did they officially fade out of use in the western world?
- Steam Engine History
One of the most significant industrial challenges of the 1700’s was the removal of water from mines. Steam was used to pump the water from the mines.
- The Invention of the Steam Engine
The steam engine was developed over a period of about a hundred years by three British inventors. The first crude steam powered machine was built by Thomas Savery, of England, in 1698. Savery built his machine to help pump water out of coal mines.
- Steam engine – Wikipedia
A steam engine is a heat engine that performs mechanical work using steam as its working fluid.