That’s quite the piece of engineering for 115 years ago.
The class I was taking was for a newer style of engine. It's not the latest, but miles ahead of what I have been working on recently. They now control these massive ship engines electronically, getting rid of mechanical running gear which allows them to vary fuel injection timing, cylinder compression and lubrication constantly to burn less and less fuel for emissions sake. The firing pressures are 30+ bar higher allowing them to squeeze more HP out of the same fuel, burning a lot less.Really interesting how the size of things back then were huge but the power output was low. Man, has that changed. On a recent trip I got to look as some steam power equipment from about 125-135 years ago. Holy cow, was that stuff rough and crude. Mostly farm implements. Today we have engines producing close to one hp per pound.
And it needed to be well balanced which is another engineering feat I’d like to hear about.What a piece of engineering, how they made the flywheel intrigues me.