TASMANIAN ENGINEERING HISTORY FINDS A NEW HOME – written by Ian Larcher, 2014
In 2014 the Redwater Creek Steam & Heritage Society took delivery of what was then its newest exhibit- a 1922 Marshall Instructional Steam Engine.
The engine was especially built to give practical experience to engineering students at Hobart University and could be used to study various engineering laws, conduct experimentation and prove theoretical principles in their studies.
Initial research has indicated that the engine is one of three known to exist worldwide. It was built to the requirements of Hobart University and utilised what was considered cutting edge steam technology for the time.
The engine which weighs approximately 4 ½ tons is complete and in working condition and will be used to train future generations of steam engineers at Sheffield, where Redwater Creek Steam & Heritage Society run an annual steam training course keeping alive the now almost forgotten skills of running and maintaining steam equipment.