The International Steam Pages

Temples of Steam DVDs

Normally we are unable to supply our DVDs between October and the middle of March.

If you are interested in ordering at that time please email the address below to check availability.

Historic steam powered rice
mills in Burma and Thailand
Click here to download sample clips

Special Offer
 Buy the Temples of Steam DVD set
and get your copy of Dakhondaing,
a Burmese Village and its Rice Mill

for free!  See below for details.

Between 2005 and 2009, we (Rob and Yuehong Dickinson) made 5 journeys in search of stationary steam engines in the rice mills of Myanmar/Burma. What we found has been described on this website, one of our reports lists those manufacturers and agents names so far recorded. In the process we have documented literally hundreds of engines, the majority of which we have seen at work and recorded on video. From that archive, we have compiled footage of all the rarer engines found, together with selected engines from the major builders Marshall and Tangye where there is significant mass duplication of engines. We have now upgraded the footage to include those new engines found working on our 2009 trip.

We have also made three short trips to Thailand where the rice mills have a lower density of steam power

The result is a unique industrial archaeology record, representing a treasure house of working stationary steam that was almost unknown before we started our explorations. Also included in some cases is a record of the rice mills themselves at work, many of them almost unchanged in 70 years or more of operation. The 12 DVDs in the set contain about 10 hours of viewing, but unlike our Sweet Spot and Yuehong's Logging Off DVDs which are designed for general interest viewing, they are intended for the specialist enthusiast and to make them affordable we will burn them on our own computers and mail them in a 'no frills' package, but that doesn't mean that the quality of the video represented is any lower than our normal high standards. It has cost us literally thousands of pounds to make these trips, we can never hope to recover even a fraction of the cost but a few sales will help a little bit.....

You can pay directly with Paypal quoting or use the Buy Now button below. I do not accept credit or debit cards directly, but non-Paypal account holders can use their cards by choosing the 'guest' option offered by clicking the Buy Now button.

I would prefer UK residents to send a cheque or make online payment, I can advise an address/account. Please send your orders to the email address below.

Use this button to buy this DVD set (which will include a free copy of our Dakhondaing DVD, normally GBP 15) for just GBP 50 (including worldwide postage).

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We have prepared 7 sample clips (reduced size 320 x 240, wmv format) which you can download:

Temples of Steam 1

(Unknown maker)

also available

YouTube Version

Temples of Steam 2


also available

YouTube Version

Temples of Steam 3


also available

YouTube Version

Temples of Steam 4

(Ruston, Proctor)

also available

YouTube Version

Temples of Steam 5


also available

YouTube Version

Temples of Steam 6


also available

YouTube Version

Temples of Steam 7

(LYC, Bangkok)

See also:

  • Logging Off - the last year of the Weihe Forestry Railway

  • Sweet Spot - the story of Olean Sugar Mill in Java

  • Shibanxi Heaven - the last real steam narrow gauge passenger train in the world (2004 - 2007)

  • Shibanxi Gold - the last real steam narrow gauge passenger train in the world (2008 - 2011)

  • Battlefield Heroes - Henan's 21st century narrow gauge steam survivors

  • Coal in the Hills - the Huanan Coal Railway in China's Heilongjiang Province

  • Black Diamond Express - Tipong Colliery, India's last real steam narrow gauge railway

  • Funiculi Funicula - the historic Penang Hill Railway in the last few weeks before closure for rebuilding

  • Gula Java DVDs - the historic sugar mills of Java on DVD

  • Dakhondaing - a Burmese Village and its Rice Mill

Rob Dickinson