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Steam engine history part 3 - Collision of events

Steam engine history part 3 - Collision of events

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  • 1. Steam Engines
    A series of lessons
    by David C
    Dec 2010
  • 2. Part 3
    Collision of events
  • 3. What I like about the story of the steam engine is that it gets us away from the simplistic idea that there was just one man who invented the steam engine and then walked off into the sunset.
  • 4. The story of the steam engine is actually many stories that come together in the early 1700s and branch out again about a hundred years later.
  • 5. The story involves dozens of people,
  • 6. The story involves dozens of people,
    each of whom was chipping away at a problem
    that concerned him at the time,
  • 7. The story involves dozens of people,
    each of whom was chipping away at a problem
    that concerned him at the time,
    not knowing that his ideas would be picked up by people in other industries
  • 8. The story involves dozens of people,
    each of whom was chipping away at a problem
    that concerned him at the time,
    not knowing that his ideas would be picked up by people in other industries and, eventually, all these ideas would be rolled together to make the steam engine.
  • 9. One of these stories is the development of the rail ‘way’.
  • 10. One of these stories is the development of the rail ‘way’.
    Believe it or not, the rail ‘way’ was invented some 200 years before the steam locomotive.
  • 11. Then there’s the invention of the steam pump.
  • 12. Then there’s the invention of the steam pump.
    These fellows were just trying to get water out of the ground.
  • 13. Then there’s the invention of the steam pump.
    They had no idea that what they were working on would one day be tipped over onto a set of wheels and used to pull wagons across the countryside.
  • 14. None of this would have been any good without the invention of iron.
    Fe
  • 15. None of this would have been any good without the invention of iron.
    Fe
    Well, iron’s a naturally-occurring mineral.
    You don’t really ‘invent’ iron, but you do invent ways of mass-producing it.
  • 16. None of this would have been any good without the invention of iron.
    Fe
    Well, iron’s a naturally-occurring mineral.
    You don’t really ‘invent’ iron, but you do invent ways of mass-producing it.
    … which is essential for steam engines, locomotives and railway lines.
    Nothing else is strong enough.
  • 17. None of this would have been any good without the invention of iron.
    Fe
    Before the year 1700, iron was extremely hard to work with and therefore was manufactured only in very small quantities.
  • 18. None of this would have been any good without the invention of iron.
    Fe
    Before the year 1700, iron was extremely hard to work with and therefore was manufactured only in very small quantities.
    – pretty much as a matter of hocus-pocus magic.
  • 19. Fe
    And finally, there was the invention of big business.

  • 20. Fe
    You’ve got to understand that all of these things required the investment of HUGE amounts of money over long periods of time.
    And finally, there was the invention of big business.

  • 21. Fe
    In that sense, the coming of the steam engine was like the coming of the space age

  • 22. Fe
    Investors had to put huge sums of money into something that might not turn a profit for 5, 10, maybe even 20 years.

  • 23. Fe
    Without them, the engineers, the accountants, the lawyers and the common labourers would never have come together to work as they did on so big a project. Nothing would have happened.

  • 24. All of these things collided in the early 1800s to create the locomotive.
    Fe

  • 25. After that, we forgot that there ever was any other kind of steam engine than the locomotive, and started calling the locomotive the steam engine.
    Fe

  • 26. Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution,
    the most important of them was the locomotive.
    Fe

  • 27. Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution,
    the most important of them was the locomotive.
    Fe
    Why?

  • 28. Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution,
    the most important of them was the locomotive.
    Look around your room right now.
  • 29. Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution,
    the most important of them was the locomotive.
    Everything in your entire house is a consequence of the industrial revolution
  • 30. Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution,
    the most important of them was the locomotive.
    Everything in your entire house is a consequence of the industrial revolution
    (except maybe your parents, brothers and sisters)
  • 31. Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution,
    the most important of them was the locomotive.
    Without trains to deliver goods and carry people around the world…
  • 32. Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution,
    the most important of them was the locomotive.
    Without trains to deliver goods and carry people around the world…
    …no-one outside of England would even know there had ever been an industrial revolution.
  • 33. Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution,
    the most important of them was the locomotive.
    Without trains to deliver goods and carry people around the world…
    …no-one outside of England would even know there had ever been an industrial revolution.
    In that case, what would you be doing, right now?
  • 34. END
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