The International Steam Pages

Miscellaneous Stationary Steam


Fire Engines
(1st May 12)

Paddle Steamers
(4th Dec 13)

Steam Ships
(22nd Nov 09)

Floating Cranes
(22nd Apr 15)

Tea Factories
(9th Oct 14)

Steam Road Engines
(26th Dec 17)


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Click here for the Surviving Steam Road Engine Index

Steam Rollers and Other Road Engines (updated 26th December 2017)

These, traction engines and portable engines (mainly in Asia and the UK) are covered in a separate series of pages, which is updated as news come in, the date indicated may not be accurate as I often forget to amend it!

Paddle Steamers (updated 30th September 2013)

See  (amended 30th September 2013)

In the best spirit of this website, Kevin Hoggett has been exploring the Nile through Egypt. The website referred to above has much information on steamers (and ex-steamers) in the country:

Kevin himself has provided pictures of the following (all taken in 2011, links all amended 30th September 2013)

PS Karim which still 'works' between Luxor and the Aswan Dam.

PS Sudan which still 'works' between Luxor and the Aswan Dam.

PS Nile Peking (ex-Time Machine and ex-Mahasen) which serves as a floating Chinese restaurant and offers cruises around Cairo

At the sad end of the scale, Chris Capewell spotted some steam tug relics outside Budapest Transport Museum (30th September 2013)

There are some pictures on this site of paddle steamers at the 2013 Echuca Rally in Australia (4th December 2013). 

Screw Steam Ships (added 22nd November 2009)

In the same vein as the above, screw steam ships are covered here: (added 22nd November 2009). This is NOT a database but just illustrates a few preserved items.

Floating Steam Cranes

These are the Hen's Teeth of surviving steam power on water, Chris Capewell has scoured the web for examples of the genre (updated 17th October 2013).

Steam Fire Engines (updated 1st May 2012)

John Carstairs Hallam email: (domain dead by October 2017) has an initial list of some 400 extant machines - he would like to get in touch with fellow enthusiasts. For an excellent website on (surviving) British built steam fire engines see (added 6th December 2008), link amended to (29th October 2017) 

David Parfitt also has a website covering preserved steam fire engines (added 1st May 2012).

Ray Gardiner has supplied some notes and pictures of preserved steam fire engines in Cuba (updated 1st May 2012).

Tea Factories (updated 9th October 2014)

See this site (link is dead by 9th October 2014) from which the following quotation is taken (albeit refers to times past, no doubt):

"The machinery in use is very varied in character, and it has been evolved principally by practical planters of a mechanical turn. Many estate superintendents have begun their careers Machi as engineers, and it is not unusual for a large estate, or group of estates, to have one member of the European staff who is a qualified engineer. The motive power is generally a steam engine, but the greater economy and facility of oil engines have led to their fairly wide adoption. Where water power is available, turbines of a variety of types are in use, the machines to be driven are airfans, rollers, roll-breakers, sifters, cutters and packers, and there are besides numerous types of driers or desiccators. The names associated with the most successful and widely used machines are those of the Messrs Jackson (makers, Marshalls of Gainsborough) and Mr S. C. Davidson, of the Sirocco Works, Belfast. The production of the empty boxes for packing, called chests or half-chests, is in itself a large industry. The heavy old-fashioned country-made packages are rapidly being replaced by light-tarred, boxes made from several thicknesses of veneer pressed closely together, most of which come from Russia."

G.J. Ram of Malaysia confirms that when he visited Sri Lanka in 2002, he saw stationary steam engines in some tea estates in the mountains (5th January 2013).

James Waite found surviving Marshall tea machinery in the Azores (9th October 2014) but only a disused Marshall portable steam engine.

Rob  Dickinson