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Old 10-05-2016, 10:07 AM
Jim Reising Jim Reising is offline
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There were a lot of different steam engine designs, the Swain, ie original JULIA BELLE SWAIN, boats had oscillating engines. They were supposed to revolutionize the steam power plants on the inland rivers, but, although they weren't complete flops, they never became popular.
To say there were no oscillating engines on the James River in the 1850's, I can't do that. If there were, I would say they weren't widespread. Dale's right the vast majority were probably walking beam sidewheelers.
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