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Historic Engineering Models in Parsons Building

There are a number of interesting historic steam power engineering models on display in the main lobby of the Parsons Building, which is generally accessible for visitors Mon-Fri between 9am-5pm. Those interested in historic steam engines should consider a visit to the Steam Museum in Straffan, Co. Kildare, approximately 25 km from Dublin city centre.

This document PDF (1.8MB) gives some background and explains the context for some of the models in the Parsons Building, courtesy of [javascript protected email address].

Pyracmon locomotive model Parsons Turbo-Generator Display Case 2

Parsons Turbo-Generator
Parsons Turbo-Generator

For the interested viewer who wishes for more detail on the Turbine and its development this link will bring you to a paper titled, “Evolution of the Parsons Land Steam Turbine.” PDF by Geoff Horseman.

More information on the author

Recently retired, Geoff Horseman worked at CA Parsons Works in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 1980 until June 2019. He joined the Turbine Design Dept as a Design Engineer in 1982. In 1991, Geoff was appointed Head of Turbine Design and in 1994 Head of Turbine-Generator Engineering.

In 1997, when Parsons became part of Siemens, Geoff became Chief Turbine Engineer at the plant and a Principal Expert on steam turbines within Siemens globally.

Geoff now spends his time documenting the history of the Parsons companies.

Pyracmon Locomotive Model (see
Pyracmon locomotive model

Display Case 1 (from left to right: Savery’s pumping engine, Thomas Newcomen’s engine, and Hero’s aeolipile)
Display Case 1

Display Case 2 (from left to right: an oscillating steam engine, a Maudslay engine, and James Watt's engine)
Display Case 2

For more information, please contact Garrett Lyons.