The Steam Room

Here are a variety of stationary steam engines that represent several different types of valves and governors. There are several slide or "D" valves, a piston valve engine and three Corliss valve engines; two of which are non-releasing and one that does release. Some engines have flyball type governors and others have governors designed into the flywheel. The "Impressive One" is the Allis Corliss, famous for the patented valve system designed by George Corliss. This one powered one line shaft at the REO truck plant in Detroit until its closing in the 1970s and was built in 1904. Engines of this type powered almost all of American industry until electricity began to take over. The flywheel is a5 feet, the piston 20 inches in diameter with a 42-inch stroke. Open in maps