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Mechanical wonders – The engines that changed the world

One man’s 30-year quest to reproduce in miniature the atmospheric engines powered by steam that powered Britain’s industrial revolution.

Since 1974, David Hulse has worked to create working models in minute detail of the engines of Thomas Newcomen, James Watt, James Pickard, Matthew Wasborough, Francis Thompson and Richard Trevithick.



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Mechanical wonders – The engines that changed the world