David Hulse – Steam Engines of the 18th Century

Welcome to davidhulse.co.uk a website featuring models of steam engines built in the eighteenth century that paved the way for the industrial revolution.  Featuring engines by Thomas Newcomen, James Watt, James Pickard, Matthew Wasborough, Francis Thompson, Adam Heslop and Richard Trevithick, all manufactured by David Hulse.

In 1970 I started a project which was to occupy all my spare time for the next 45 years. I have researched and constructed in miniature the important steam engines which were built in the eighteenth century.

These engines paved the way for the industrial revolution in the British Isles and which spread to many other countries throughout the world. These eighteenth century engines are usually grouped together and called steam engines, however, they were not steam engines. Steam was used as a means of creating a vacuum against which the earth’s pressure could act. The correct terminology is that they were atmospheric engines.

As you progress through this website, the engines you will see are all made from exactly the same materials which would have been available to the engineers of the eighteenth- century.

The engine houses are built from real bricks at a reduced scale of 1/16 the full size. In order to complete the buildings to house the engines 151,000 ceramic bricks were used and, all were made on a specially designed miniature brick machine.

All the metal parts were either machined from solid metal or made by hand forging in my home workshop, this gave the appearance of having been made by the engineers of the eighteenth-century.

For all of you who missed the news article that ITV ran about my Steam Engines then just Click Here!

Before retiring I was employed as the Chief Development Engineer for the Royal Doulton group of potteries and it was this use of ceramics which gave me the knowledge to make the parts that are not commercially available to model engineers. A start will now be made by describing the brick making because without an economical way of producing the bricks none of these engines I have researched would have been made:

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Willy Porter Classical Guitarist Milwaukee wrote on July 22, 2016
What an absolute treasure!!! Thank you for sharing this with us!
David Hulse wrote on July 19, 2016
Listed here are a selection on comments written in my guestbook by visitors who have been to my home to see the engines at Stone in Staffordshire. They can all be seen in a room created for display. Visitors are most welcome to come along and view all the engines working as they would have done in the 18th century. Email me first. With Kind Regards David Hulse
Bernard Attwood wrote on July 19, 2016
An excellent display and one of the most interesting and absorbing visits the group has made. Thank you Stone U3A Industrial Archaeological Group.
Hannah Stokes ITV Central wrote on July 19, 2016
David, absolutely incredible, thank you so much for time and enthusiasm. All best wishes.
Dr Malcolm Dick University of Birmingham wrote on July 19, 2016
What a fantastic experience! These are so impressive showing conceptual understanding, historical marvels, engineering skills and artistic abilities, thank you David so much for creating them. Malcolm
William Tranter Engineering in Miniature wrote on July 19, 2016
Fabulous models created by a fabulous engineer
Sir Richard Bailey Chairman and Managing Director Royal Doulton wrote on July 19, 2016
The very finest-master craftsman-unique examples of a dedicated life's work. I am so proud to have the good fortune to have known and worked with David in an industry we have both loved.
Andrew Gillingham wrote on July 19, 2016
Excellent display, I have come from Northern Victoria Australia Keep up the good work. Just amazing and so special.
Irene de Boo wrote on July 18, 2016
Absolutely blown away. Fantastic engines and a beautiful collection. Irene de Boo, curator Industry & transport Black Country Living Museum
Andrew Lovett Director of the Black Country Living Museum wrote on July 18, 2016
A pleasure and insperation