'Grasshopper' Engine, c. 1855

Made:
1855

Grasshopper steam engine c. 1855 probably by Easton, Amos & Sons, Southwark, London.

The grasshopper engine design was intended to be small and self-contained, not needing any supporting structure. It was generally made for small applications needing power, and a prominent manufacturer was Easton and Amos, of Southwark. This example was acquired from the collections of the British Railways Board and was stored for a time at the Transport Museum in Clapham, London. It originally lacked the feed pump rod and outboard bearing, and these are replicas made before the engine was displayed in the Science Museum.

Details

Category:
Motive Power
Object Number:
1975-202
Materials:
brass, cast iron, paint and wrought iron
Measurements:
overall (estimate) inc plinth: 2300 x 2060 x 1670 mm
flywheel diameter: 1850 mm
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type:
steam engines
credit:
British Railways Board

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