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A Burmese Rice Mill
and its Village.
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26th March 2013

Africa

Central African Republic
(8th Dec 07)

Ethiopia
(15th May 07)

Ghana
(28th Dec 13)

Madagascar
(15th Mar 12)

Mauritius
(19th May 12)

Mayotte
(23rd Oct 07)

Mocambique
(21st Jan 08)

Réunion
(23rd Feb 12)

São Tomé
(17th Mar 09)

Sierra Leone
(5th Apr 12)

Sudan
(20th Mar 11)

Tanzania
(12th Jun 11)

Uganda
(25th Aug 11)

   

Americas

Antigua
(17th Nov 13)

Argentina
(3rd Sep 13)

Barbados
(19th Feb 12)

Bermuda
(14th Nov 08)

Brazil
(2nd Jan 12)

Colombia
(21st Dec 11)

Costa Rica
(13th Mar 10)

Cuba
(4th Mar 12)

Dominica
(17th Nov 13)

French Guyana
(7th Dec 07)

Guadeloupe
(21st Aug 14)

Guatemala
(25th Jan 04)

Guyana
(9th Nov 13)

Haiti
(9th Apr 14)

Jamaica
(18th Jun 14)

Martinique
(28th Aug 14)

Mexico
(13th Dec 12)

Nevis
(12th Aug 12)

Paraguay
(3rd Aug 12)

Peru
(8th Mar 14)

Puerto Rico
(24th Nov 13)

South Georgia
(14th Oct 07)

Surinam
(28th Nov 13)

Trinidad
(7th Nov 13)

Uruguay
(14th Dec 13)

USA
(14th May 13)

US Virgin Islands
(12th Mar 13)

Asia

China
(9th Feb 09)

India
(23rd May 14)

Indonesia
(26th Nov 13)

Malaysia
(3rd Apr 13)

Myanmar
(12th Dec 10)

Philippines
(22nd Mar 13)

Russia
(14th Aug 14)

Sri Lanka
(12th Jun 11)

Thailand
(8th Mar 14)

Turkey
(3rd Oct 07)

Vietnam
(10th Feb 05)

Australasia

Australia
(4th Dec 13)

Fiji
(10th May 02)
New Zealand
(24th Mar 13)

Europe

Azores
(24th Jun 05)

Belgium
(21st Oct 13)
Czech Republic
(25th Aug 06)

Germany
(16th Jun 12)

Holland
(30th Sep 13)

Hungary
(30th Sep 13)

Kosovo
(2nd Apr 07)

Madeira
(27th Oct 13)

Norway
(11th Jul 08)

Poland
(8th Jun 12)

Russia
(14th Aug 14)

Spain
(13th Apr 03)

Ukraine
(14th Aug 14)

   

Other

Fire Engines
(1st May 12)

Paddle Steamers
(4th Dec 13)

Steam Ships
(22nd Nov 09)

Floating Cranes
(17th Apr 13)

Tea Factories
(5th Jan 13)

Steam Road Engines
(26th Aug 14)

 

Rocket science it certainly is not, but for those of us with a sense of history and an understanding of the meaning of the term 'appropriate technology', then there are still excellent opportunities to get out and about and learn all about what we call in the UK, 'the industrial revolution'. "Dark satanic mills" are still out there in abundance in the 21st century if you know where to look. Get off your collective arses and go out and enjoy it while you can. I can promise you that you will not be disappointed and the chances of finding your trip blighted by the typical package tourist (or terrorist for that matter) are zero.

The following countries have significant real, working stationary steam engines in some quantity. Compared to the more visible and well known steam locomotives, the numbers of machines are much larger overall:

India (Rice Mills, Sugar Mills, Steel Foundries), Indonesia (Sugar Mills), Myanmar (Rice Mills), Thailand (Rice Mills)


Are you a stationary steam engine beginner?

http://tripatlas.com/Steam_Engine has an excellent introduction to the subject, including this diagram:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stationary_steam_engine has a number of useful links

There are some links to basic information and history in this page http://texasaircomfort.com/harnessing-the-power-of-heat-with-steam-engines.

I have lost track of the origins of the image below, it is all over the web... Please claim ownership and I will gratefully acknowledge, the best origin I have found so far is http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Steam_engine_in_action.gif


If you (like me) are new to the world of Industrial Archaeology then you may find these links useful:

The Association for Industrial Archaeology: http://www.industrial-archaeology.org.uk/ 

I.A.Recordings Industrial Archaeology: http://www.iarecordings.org/otheria.html#Steam

The following Yahoo newsgroups service the stationary steam engine community:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Stationary_Steam_Engines/ (potentially a very useful group with nearly 200 members...)

James Hefner's Surviving World Steam project has now gone off line, but his Steam Lizard Yahoo news group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/steam_lizards is still active. James writes:

"I am keeping the databases current, and have added over 150 new entries; though that is still not enough for a decent update. The "Steam Lizard" (reciprocating steam pump) Photo Gallery is still available under a new name; it is: http://www.steampump.org/ 

The steam situation worldwide has become grim in the past decade, roughly 1500 of the 38000 steam machines documented in the project have been scrapped since the project was started in the 1990s. (All of the steamships depicted on the case for the Surviving World Steamship CD have been scrapped!) Many more steamships have been sunk as targets or artificial reefs. But, as your website shows, there is still much to be discovered and enjoyed worldwide; as many as 10,000 of the steam machines documented in my project may still be active.

Thank you to everyone who has helped with photographs and information over the past 15 years."

James recommends this site which has a plethora of links to stationary steam power, of course much of it preserved - http://www.stationarysteamengines.co.uk/ (added belatedly, 13th June 2003).


Rob  and Yuehong Dickinson

Email: webmaster@internationalsteam.co.uk


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