Glossary Results for Word "Engine House"
|Engine House||Not, as might be thought, an engine shed but a building for stationary engines which worked trains by cables where the gradients were considered too severe for adhesion traction. Engine houses were found both at Edge Hill, to work trains to and from Crown Street and its replacement, Lime Street and at Camden, to work Euston trains.
The original reason for the use of stationary engines between Edge Hill and Crown Street (and later Lime Street) was that the Act of Parliament which authorised the building of the railway into Liverpool forbade the use of locomotives in the centre of the city (an early attempt at smoke abatement). This may have encouraged the use of gradients then considered too severe for adhesion traction.