Steam Theme at Newcomen Museum


| July/August 1981

  • Newcomen Steam Engine
    Operating scale model Newcomen mine-pumping atmospheric steam engine
  • Model engine
    Model engine with ''operator.''
  • Corliss & Marine Engines
    Model including two Corliss engines and two Marine engines, donated from Arizona.
  • Table Engine
    A pen-and-ink reproduction of the full-size table engine used for driving small machinery in a plant at Clerkenwell, London, in 1865.
  • Model of Civil War fame
    Model ''The General'' of Civil War fame.
  • Paddle engine
    Model of an American condensing ''walking beam'' paddle engine. Opening picture: The Newcomen headquarters at Exton.

  • Newcomen Steam Engine
  • Model engine
  • Corliss & Marine Engines
  • Table Engine
  • Model of Civil War fame
  • Paddle engine

Steam is the theme at the Newcomen Museum, a unique institution west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The welcome mat is out for steam collectors, school students, and all members of the public who want to learn more about the history of steam power, and to see superbly made working models of famous engines.

Full title of the facility is The Thomas Newcomen Memorial Library and Museum in Steam and Business History.

Mrs. Nancy Arnold, librarian/ curator, who conducts tours of the museum and relates its history and services, emphasizes that Thomas Newcomen was the first person to design a working steam engine, and that his work preceded James Watt's by more than half a century.



A model of Newcomen's mine pumping atmospheric steam engine is on display just one of the many that would please any steam buff visiting the museum.

Here is a partial list of models you can see: