The Beam Engine
A typical example of an early nineteenth century engine, it comprises a vertical double acting steam cylinder coupled via an eight metre rocking beam to a double acting air cylinder. It has been erected to monumental effect with rocking beam in mid-stroke, the cast iron components painted green, contrasting with the evenly spaced red-brick supports.
Erected by the City as a monument to Birmingham's industrial past when the inner ringroad was completed, this Ready made was originally a beam engine from the Netherton foundry of Grazebrook & Whitehouse and was in working order when presented to the City by the Grazebrook family and dismantled in 1964.(1) Although there is a traditional belief that this engine was made at Boulton and Watt's Soho factory, there is no certain evidence for this.
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