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After Hours

Rail, auto, and aviation innovations at The Henry Ford history museum

Tech of the past: Stationary Steam Engine

The steam engines in this picture were used to power large factories. Engines like these were incredibly stable and accurate when it comes to speed, so they were very useful for precision tasks. They were also very efficient, which saved the factories money in the long run. These engines were built between the 1850s and 1880s and were used for decades.

Photo by Wally Bahny for TechRepublic