Coal to Cloth - Animation of a Compound Steam Engine

Commissioned by Lancashire Museums Service, UK, a detailed explanation of the boilers and compound steam engine at Queen Street Mill.

The Lancashire Boilers.

The Lancashire Boilers.

Lancashire Boiler cutaway.

Lancashire Boiler cutaway.

The Economiser.

The Economiser.

Pressure gauge.

Pressure gauge.

Water level gauges.

Water level gauges.

Steam pipe from the boilers to the engine.

Steam pipe from the boilers to the engine.

Steam entering the High Pressure Cylinder.

Steam entering the High Pressure Cylinder.

Overview of Lancashire Boilers and Peace Engine.

Overview of Lancashire Boilers and Peace Engine.

The High and Low Pressure Cylinders.

The High and Low Pressure Cylinders.

High Pressure Cylinder cutaway.

High Pressure Cylinder cutaway.

High and Low Pressure Cylinders cutaway.

High and Low Pressure Cylinders cutaway.

The Guv'nor.

The Guv'nor.

The Flywheel.

The Flywheel.

The drives to the Weaving Shed.

The drives to the Weaving Shed.

End shot and overview.

End shot and overview.

Coal to Cloth - Animation of a Compound Steam Engine

This was a very complex project, which first required us to have a basic understanding of how the engine works - what drives what, when and why. Thankfully, one of the museum's engineers patiently worked with us. Unfortunately, there are no remaining plans for the engine, so Claire spent a whole day there, photographing and measuring every single visible component. The idea was to have the animation running on a big screen, next to the actual Peace Engine, which was run every afternoon. It is difficult for folk to get a general understanding of where everything is in the building, what connects to what. Hence the faint representations of the enclosing structures. Our work won the Association for Industrial Archaeology's Peter Neaverson Award for Digital Initiative and Innovation, in 2016.

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