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(September 21–25, 2005)

Tom! Striewisch

Gas Station

Michael Stoss

Steam Engine from 1856 with 135 hp

Berlin, Germany

23rd september 2005, 08:49 UTC

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While thinking about "energy" I first planned to shoot a power plant, a wind park or one of the numerous solar energy projects here around. But then I remembered those steam engines. Since that very special day of my childhood, when my father on Christmas Eve propped 3 pieces of dry fuel instead of 1 into my brand new toy steam engine, I know what energy is. Never again I saw more bubbles in boiling water as behind the small window of the water tank and never again I saw some pieces of mechanics turn as fast as the small flywheel. So I went to the German Technical Museum in Berlin, where I knew, there were several steam locomotives.

Walking around with a museum representative to find a promising scene, we came along this steam engine from 1856. It was built by the Borsig company and delivered 35 hp. It ran more than 50 years, in the end with 135 hp! I shot a locomotive as well, but this steam engine is really special for me - It's like my father had known this machine that Christmas Eve and was sure that some more pieces of dry fuel won't tear a steam engine apart...

If you are in Berlin, do visit the Deutsches Technikmuseum. It is famous because of the Douglas C-47 "Skytrain" airplane on the roof (-you will be able to recognise it on Google Earth!), but its exhibition is much more than traffic related stuff only.
This great steam engine can be visited at the Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin http://www.dtmb.de

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