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Neil Wyatt03/10/2020 21:09:53
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John Haine posted a link to a view to a switchgear box in another thread, which reminded me of this steam hammer by the road between Brierley Hill and Stourbridge.


That got me thinking - there must be hundreds or even thousands of fascinating bits of engineering to be seen using street view, so how about a thread collect together such links. Hopefully it will encourage folks to go and visit some of them or come up with the stories behind them.


Grindstone Cowboy03/10/2020 23:14:13
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There's a big lump of machinery next to the road between Blackpool and Preston, but I've never been able to stop and see exactly what it is. As it's outside a firm that erects steel farm buildings, it may be some sort of rolling / flanging apparatus - or just something they picked up that has no connection to sheet metal.


Dennis R03/10/2020 23:21:33
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Steam engine in Darwen Lancashire with India Mill Chimney in the background



V8Eng03/10/2020 23:43:43
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Sometimes  I find faded signage on old buildings interesting and wonder about their history (usually engineering related stuff).

This one in Stoke on Trent for instance, I have driven past it many times and now found it on Streeview.

Did Coates actually make Diesel engines?


Edited By V8Eng on 03/10/2020 23:45:02

JasonB04/10/2020 06:55:25
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You could just cheat and go to Geograph and get the co-ordinates and decent photos of all the old enginesdevil

ChrisB04/10/2020 09:04:08
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 03/10/2020 21:09:53:

Hopefully it will encourage folks to go and visit some of them or come up with the stories behind them.


This will be a little bit far for most to visit! What looks like to be some sort of steam traction engine **LINK**

Could not find any information about it, was not aware there were any on the island. There's also a fair amount of cannon up the road

Nigel McBurney 104/10/2020 09:13:41
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Portable boiler,found in dockyards to provide temporary steam supply to ships when under repair,

Tomek04/10/2020 09:33:18
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Maybe not too exciting but still engineering Two flywheels just outside Ellesmere Port National Waterways Museum.


And if you carry on down the road you can see canal locks, dock crane etc.


Edited By Tomek on 04/10/2020 09:47:01

Mick B104/10/2020 09:35:38
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Another more distant one - a largish bit of tooling that I remember from a work visit to Terni years ago:-


Brian G04/10/2020 10:54:32
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Posted by Nigel McBurney 1 on 04/10/2020 09:13:41:

Portable boiler,found in dockyards to provide temporary steam supply to ships when under repair,

The one in Chatham Dockyard is a bit closer to home.

Which reminds me of this dual-purpose machine **LINK** 

Brian G

Edited twice due to error between chair and keyboard

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John Olsen04/10/2020 11:09:28
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Here is one for you in New Zealand. Portable engine or traction engine?


Now how come that doesn't work properly? Shows the map instead of the street view. At that Hikuai intersection, there is what I think is a traction engine, but missing the cylinder and motion. It is hiding behind a truck parked outside the garage. 

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derek hall 104/10/2020 12:14:58
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I got dragged by my better half last year to the Denby Pottery centre in Derbyshire, next to the car park I am think there were some remains of an engine but not sure. Next time I get dragged there I will take a photo.

Isn't there an old beam engine in the middle of a roundabout in Birmingham?

A great topic by the way!

Regards to all


Henry Brown04/10/2020 12:48:21
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This coal mining roof support from the 1980's I think is on the Bromyard Road in Worcester. It was made at Dowty Mining Equipment in Tewkesbury as a prototype for a Chinese contract, there were three if I remember correctly, they were the tallest roof supports ever made at over three meters. When the Tewkesbury site closed it was moved to Worcester as Dowty Conveyors still had a presence there that has been taken over by Komatsu. Sadly all the Dowty Mining branches have now gone as has most of the Dowty Group.

Dowty Mining Roof Support

JA04/10/2020 13:32:25
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I found this 41 years ago, almost to the day, while motorcycling through Wales. I had been locked-out during a strike.


This is it nine years ago.

Dyfi Furnace

I would love to see one of these working.


Rik Shaw04/10/2020 14:06:19
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JA , this one is well worth a visit and still milling flour.


.........and by the roadside on the way up to Portland Heights.


There is another on Durdle Pier that used to lift fishing boats in and out


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JA04/10/2020 14:29:50
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Posted by Rik Shaw on 04/10/2020 14:06:19:

JA , this one is well worth a visit and still milling flour.



Edited By Rik Shaw on 04/10/2020 14:09:30

But no one would be allowed to operate an open topped blast furnace in this country, now. I know that cupolas are still used, at Bliss Hill for example, but they are hardly blast furnaces.


john halfpenny04/10/2020 14:30:35
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The Birmingham beam engine is on the island at the centre of Dartmouth circus, where the Aston expressway goes under the Middle ring road. Not an easy place to stop!

J Hancock04/10/2020 14:52:54
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A 3cyl Anzani on an early 1900's monoplane in the centre of a ronde-point /roundabout in the village of AVION

near Loos/ France.

V8Eng04/10/2020 15:32:15
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This is at the Black Country Living Museum (great place) entrance.

Cannot remember what machinery it is because we’ve not visited for a while.



Edit: I find the link sometimes goes to plan view and needs a second try to get into street level.


Edited By V8Eng on 04/10/2020 15:38:22

Grindstone Cowboy04/10/2020 15:58:33
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And near Pilling in Lancashire, we have a steam locomotive known as the Pilling Pig. More info from Wikipedia here.


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