Machine Of Progress

Called a universal driver, this nineteenth-century steam engine could be attached to many different manufacturing devices. Its boiler was fed by coal, a raw material that the North had in abundance. Many Southern plants and mills, though, still relied on power supplied by the running water of rivers and streams.

Steam supply from a boiler

Gear lever

Driving wheel

Steam supply from a boiler

Gear lever

Driving wheel

Pistons

Driving rod

Pistons

Driving rod

Drive gear

Belt drive wheel

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