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Copper Casting Foundry, Contributes To 19th Century Model Steam Engines

Stationary Steam Engines were used throughout the 19th Century and into the 20th for producing the power in mills and factories and for pumping and power generation.

Some of these engines have been preserved and can be seen in museums throughout the UK. One of the largest in working order is at the Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield.

A few years ago Youle’s Foundry was approached by Peter Southworth to help him in his quest to prodeuce authentic working models of these wonderful machines. We supplied Peter with  copper based castings for him to develop these models and over the years Southworth Engines became known for their precision and attention to detail. Sadly, Peter passed away recently, but the legacy of Southworth Engines is being continued by Bob Potter who kindly supplied the attached photos.

19th century model steam engineThis first colour photo shows mill engines designed by Robeys of Lincoln. The models are about 12 to 15 inches (30-40 cms) long and represent about 150 to 200 hours of work for each depending on the version.

corliss steam engineThe black and white picture is of a Corliss Valve Engine similar to those built by Cole Marchant and Morley of Bradford from about 1860. This model is around 30 inches (80 cms) long and because of its complexity would take many more hours to build.

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