Dutch Steam Engine Museum, Medemblik (Het Nederlands Stoommachinemuseum)

Dutch Steam Engine Museum, Medemblik (Het Nederlands Stoommachinemuseum)

At the steamenginemuseum in Medemblik, one of the volunteers is firing up the steamboiler so that the displayed steamengines can be seen in working condition. The museum is placed in an old pumpingstation that had the duty to pump the water from the lower polder into the higher placed sea on the town's southeasterly outskirts at Oosterdijk 4 (Dutch Steam Engine Museum).

There is a kayak-pier and even if the museum is closed it is interesting to see some big old rusty steam-engines that are placed outside. If you have the right equipment for big water you can carry the kayak across the dike here and paddle on the IJsselmeer. On the other side there is no kayak pier. There are stones against the dike, but if there are no big waves you can manage to step in. For this trip you go further north.

The Castle Radboud, The Old Bakerymuseum and The Dutch steam Engine Museum, Medemblik and nearby Hoorn are linked by a steam engine railway.

Exhibits machines

A steam engine is a double compound steam engine with two cylinders, there are a tandem high-pressure and low pressure cylinder consecutively drawn, using the low pressure cylinder exhaust steam from the high pressure cylinder (compound). Compound refers to the use of exhaust steam from the high pressure cylinder into the low pressure cylinder. Tandem refers to the high pressure and low pressure cylinders in tandem a row on the same axle are built. Developed in 1803 by Jonathan Hornblower , one of the biggest competitors of James Watt. At low steam pressure from this type of steam engine, however, not a savings. Only with steam at high pressure of 10 bar was exhausted by this idea Woolf. He developed a machine with two cylinders, one of which worked with high pressure and low pressure. This is called double expansion. By dividing the expansion, the heat, formed by the condensation of steam, destroyed.

This is a slow moving alternator driven by the steam engine , with a speed of 107 rpm. The diameter can be larger without the permitted speed in circumference, so that a large number of conductors on the anchor points and can therefore can take smaller axial length. For very slow moving machinery arrives at diameters of 10 m and a useful axial length of less than 1 m. Under the form of their rotor alternators also called the flywheel alternators. They carry on their periphery a large number of poles, 30 pole pairs to 100 rpm.
Inside the Dutch Steam Engine Museum, Medemblik

History Of Dutch Steam Engine Museum, Medemblik

Medemblik has a rich cultural history with – for technology enthusiasts – the Netherlands Steam Engine Museum as the highlight. It is an old steam pumping station, De Vier Koggen (1907). Now the Steam Engine Museam, houses a collection of steam engines used on ships and in industry, still in working order. More steam engines can be seen at the completely renovated station where the Hoorn-Medemblik steam tram arrives and departs almost every day.

When the era of narrow gauge steam railways came to an end in the Netherlands quite a few of the old locomotives and wagons were turned into places to live, or used as sheds, even dovecotes. It was not until 1968 when the Hoorn-Medemblik museum steam railway was set up, that people began to realise how valuable they were as a living testament to the region's industrial history. From the very start the Museum's express aim was to restore the wagons and locomotives that still existed and put them back into action. This is why the historic collection does not simply consist of "parked" vehicles, but also of station buildings and signal boxes along the local railway line used by the museum trains between Hoorn and Medemblik. The result is a stimulating journey back in time through the history of Dutch narrow-gauge railways, which were extremely important for the development of the country between 1879 and 1966. One of the outstanding exhibits in the museum is a steam locomotive named "Bello", built in 1914, that used to run along the seaside line between Alkmaar and Bergen aan Zee. In addition there are two outstanding steam-driven tramway box-cab locomotives, one of which – "Leeghwater" - was built by Henschel in Kassel in 1921 and passed into the hands of a sugar factory in Roosendaal in 1937. For the next 30 years it was used as a shunting engine there. Such cab locomotives are as characteristic of the Dutch narrow-gauge railways as the few remaining examples of passenger carriages made of teak that date back to the turn of the 20th century. The major part of the collection is devoted to wagons, locomotives and equipment from the period around 1926. The exhibits are placed in a historical context by a huge amount of documentary material that allows visitors to get a very good idea of the development of narrow-gauge railways in the Netherlands. Between March and November the museum trains are put into operation on a regular timetable. The attractions are rounded off by a trip on a historic steamboat.

Please remember that on special day they run the big machines, other days the smaller run. Museum is open all days of the week except Mondays from 10:00 to 17:00.

Location and Contact:
Dutch Steam Engine Museum, Medemblik (Het Nederlands Stoommachinemuseum)
Oosterdijk 4
1671 HJ Medemblik
Tel.: 0227-544732
Fax: 0227-540391
Email: i...@stoommachinemuseum.nl
Website: http://www.stoomvrienden.nl/
Museum Image Gallery: http://www.360cities.net/image/inside-the-museum
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