History

Telephone Switches

A page dedicated to electromechanical telephone switching technologies including a magical little switch designed by a Funeral director that gave us user dialling.

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The Newcomen Steam Engine

The Newcomen Steam Engine

A look at what is likely the oldest surviving steam engine in the world. I have had the opportunity to visit the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborne, Michigan several times. This museum houses an immense collection of interesting items covering the history of key technologies related to transportation and one of the most fascinating items in the collection is the oldest surviving Newcomen engine.

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Decew Falls Generating Station

Continuing from previous pages on Canadian Niagara Power's Rankine generating station, and Ontario Power Generation's Sir Adam Beck I (SAB-1) generating station, this page outlines the oldest generating station in Ontario and one which is still producing power in 2008.

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Sir Adam Beck I Generating Station

Sir Adam Beck I Generating Station

Continuing from a previous page on Canadian Niagara Power's Rankine generating station, this page covers the Sir Adam Beck I (SAB-1) generating station in Queenston, Ontario. This tour was organized by the Niagara chapter of the Professional Engineers Ontario in April of 2008.

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Rankine Forebay

Rankine Generating Station

One-hundred years of active service ... a claim few other generating stations could make! I was able to tour this gem of history during three visits, one an "Open Doors Niagara" event in 2003 in which numerous places of historical significance in the Niagara area opened their doors for tours, the second visit an IEEE sponsored event in 2004, and a third visit in 2008.

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