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Old 11-17-2014, 10:55:08 PM
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A quick search of the web tells me there were very few countries that built steam traction engines or rollers. US, Canada and Great Britain lead the group with a few in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and France.
Curious what Russia, the Asian countries and others were doing during this part of history... seems they skipped right over the steam era to infernal combustion power though steam rail power was present in many countries. I expect the pace of the industrial revolution varied greatly due to several factors.

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The U.S. and GB exported engines all over the world. Asia, Australia and South America.
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Australia built steam traction engines cliff and bunting I think they were called. They were very similar in design to British engines except the flywheel was on the left . Crowley also built traction engines in oz unusually they seem to have filled in spokes on the wheels

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There were hundreds of makers in UK, some made thousands some less than 20. In Norfolk there were 31 and Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire had 35 between them.
My home town King's Lynn had three, Coopers, who made diggers, Dodman, general agricultural and Savages who made galloper carousels with centre engines. Savages were the best iron-founders in East Anglia and supplied many other makers with castings, they were in business until the 1960s while Coopers are still going albeit as split roller bearing manufacturers. Their factory is still known as "The Digger"
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I would think the revolution in Russia that spanned 1914-1917 and then the structural upheaval that followed would play a large part in Russias missing that particular era.
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I think that to build engines in any number a country had to have a longish tradition of engineering already.
We started engineering in the 1600s and by the 1750s things were moving along nicely building large pumping engines. By 1800 Trevithic, and Boulton and Watt were making some quite sophisticated machines.
Then the railways started and made portable power plants a reality.
By 1840 everything went ballistic. Brunel was running mainline locos at 100 mph by 1860. Steam on ships started in early 1800s and by 1845 Brunel had built SS Great Britain, the first iron screw propelled ship. One of my ancestors, Thomas Pilgrim, was instrumental in Brunel changing the engine room mid build by rotating the engines 90 deg and putting screws on instead of paddles. I have a silver teapot commemorating this.
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There can be no doubt that the political leadership of any country directly affects innovation and development of potential markets for any manufacturing endeavor.
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And the governments in those days only interfered when it was only absolutely necessary, ie, railway mine and factory safety. Also took little in the way of tax.
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