A Well-Oiled Machine

I eventually forced myself to leave behind the steel ghosts in the warehouse beside the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology and moved on to the museum itself. For those of you who are not familiar with this place, it is a huge steam-powered water pump that used to provide Hamilton with it’s drinking water. It is engineering from an era when machines were allowed to be beautiful.

Cylinder Head
Piston Rods
Connections
Steam-Punk Goggles

Steel ghosts

I recently visited the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology to take some photos after sunset to show how the machinery would glow under the last vestiges of daylight combined with the old incandescent lighting of the museum. Before I went into the actual museum, I had a chance to take a look inside an attached warehouse and found a graveyard of old machinery. This post is about what I found in the warehouse.

Waiting Talon.

Distant Rumble

Blue

Origins of Steam-Punk

I was at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology recently to drop off some of my work that will be shown as part of their Re-Evolution show (Oct 28, 2011 to June 24, 2012) and had the chance to take some photos of the old steam-powered water pumps that are the core of the museum. These well-maintained 70-ton pumps are a wonder to behold, relics from the era of Victorian engineering – an age when functional machines were allowed to also be beautiful machines. I can understand the attraction that steam-punk enthusiasts have for this era.