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Dunston Engine Works Co

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Archer’s patent steering gear
1872. Combined Stone Breaker and Steam Road Roller.

of Dunston-on-Tyne.

Stationary engines. [1]

Makers of ships' steering gear (see 1907 illustration)

1872 'A road steamer invented by Messrs. Archer and Hall was made in 1872 by the Dunston Engine Works Company, Gateshead-on-Tyne, the chief feature of which was the chain armour placed round the india-rubber tyres of the driving wheels. The two cylinders 7 in. diameter, and 10 in. stroke were placed beneath the boiler barrel. The crankshaft, countershaft, and axle were carried on an independent frame of wrought-iron plates extending from end to end of the engine. The feed water was carried in a saddle tank placed above the boiler barrel; and the whole engine was mounted upon springs, so arranged that under all circumstances and conditions, the spur gearing never altered its relation to the several pitch circles.' [2]

1897 Beam engine for winding at Oswald Colliery, Craghead, Nr Stanley, Co Durham. Cylinder 32" x 6'. Piston valve. Photographed by George Watkins in 1953. Last of four similar engines made by Dunston[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. Steam Locomotion on Common Roads by William Fletcher. Published 1891.
  3. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain: Volume 2: Scotland, Cumberland, Co Durham & Northumberland': Landmark Publishing Ltd, 2001