Harlan & Hollingsworth Steam Engine, 1851


This stationary walking-beam steam engine generated forty horsepower to operate woodworking machines at the Southern Railway's shops in Charleston, South Carolina. The engine ran for 75 years, from 1852 to 1927.

The engine's vertical cylinder and graceful walking beam recall the pioneering steam engines of British engineer Thomas Newcomen, who found commercial application for the expansive powers of steam, not to power other machines but to pump water out of mines.

Date Made: 1851

Maker: Harlan & Hollingsworth Company

Place Made: United States: Delaware, Wilmington

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Southern Railway System, Washington, D. C.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MC.314791Catalog Number: 314791Accession Number: 209703

Object Name: Engine, Steam

Measurements: overall: 11 1/2 ft x 14 ft x 6 1/2 ft; 3.5052 m x 4.2672 m x 1.9812 m

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-b1ed-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_846007

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