This still original 70 ton behemoth is located in Hamilton Ontario Canada. Costing the equivalent of $62 million dollars in 1859, each 45 tall engine made a whopping 100hp at 15rpm while consuming a ton of coal per day. Complete with a 140ft tall stack, and locally quarried limestone buildings, it was a landmark project in it's day. Richly ornate, it's like being on a Hollywood steampunk set – except that it's REAL!
Restored in pristine condition, the engine is operated daily (by an electric motor) to demonstrate the watts action. Construction details are gorgeous considering 1800's engineering practices/technology – and the fact that everything was hand made – without electricity! Around 1910, the engine was phased out of service because of electricity.
The tour includes local history of Hamilton, steam technology, and of course the engine. The staff are excellent, informative, and helpful.
It's worth a visit to the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology!
The premises can also be reserved for photography, media, and personal events. It appears to be a popular photo spot for steam punk enthusiasts and wedding photos. A great place for steam nerds!
Nikon D5200, 64Mbps Hack, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8