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Category : Engines / Beam Engine
Industry Type : Mining - (Metalliferous) Iron, Copper, Tin etc, Power Generation
Power Type : Steam
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Restored

They say that the Newcomen Engine, Dartmouth, is the oldest preserved steam engine in the world!

Restored in 1963/4 by the Newcomen Society, this engine (mostly of 1725) is very similar to Newcomen’s earliest 1712 model.

It was originally installed at the Griff Colliery near Nuneaton in 1725, but it didn’t stay there. 4 years later it was transferred to Oakthorpe Colliery in Measham and in 1821, it was moved to an engine house at Hawkesbury Canal Junction near Coventry, where it stayed until 1913.

Each job required pumping water, whether it was out of the depths of a mine or from a well into the canal.

Just in case you don’t know – Thomas Newcomen was the first man to think of moving a piston with steam! He is very important, so read more about him on the Wikipedia page HERE!

See it in action!

Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre, Mayor’s Ave, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9YY.

Newcomen Engine, Dartmouth

They say that the Newcomen Engine, Dartmouth, is the oldest preserved steam engine in the world!

Restored in 1963/4 by the Newcomen Society, this engine (mostly of 1725) is very similar to Newcomen’s earliest 1712 model.

It was originally installed at the Griff Colliery near Nuneaton in 1725, but it didn’t stay there. 4 years later it was transferred to Oakthorpe Colliery in Measham and in 1821, it was moved to an engine house at Hawkesbury Canal Junction near Coventry, where it stayed until 1913.

Each job required pumping water, whether it was out of the depths of a mine or from a well into the canal.

Just in case you don’t know – Thomas Newcomen was the first man to think of moving a piston with steam! He is very important, so read more about him on the Wikipedia page HERE!

See it in action!

Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre, Mayor’s Ave, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9YY.

Newcomen Engine, Dartmouth
Category : Engines / Beam Engine
Industry Type : Mining - (Metalliferous) Iron, Copper, Tin etc, Power Generation
Power Type : Steam
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Restored
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