Steam success!

Did any of you catch the BBC2 programme last week on the recent steam car speed record? I only managed to see a bit of it, but it looked great. You can watch it on BBC iPlayer for a couple more days here.

These guys have built a car powered by a steam turbine and, at 140mph, it’s broken the world speed record for steam cars originally set in 1906 at an impressive 128mph.

I blogged about it a while ago here, so rather than repeating what I said there about our lovely steam cars, let me instead show you the first ever steam turbine used to power a vessel – Turbinia, built in 1894. The turbine’s on show in our Shipping gallery. More on that another time, when I’m back at my desk…

Marine steam turbine from Turbinia, 1894 (Science Museum / Science & Society)

Marine steam turbine from Turbinia, 1894 (Science Museum / Science & Society)

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