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Steam motors.png Steam Motors is a construction material and also an intermediate product. By default, it can be produced only in the Old World.

Usage

Construction Material

Steam motors.png Steam Motors are used as a construction material to construct steam ships, such as Battle cruiser.png Battle Cruiser, Cargo ship.png Cargo Ship etc.

Intermediate Product

Steam motors.png Steam Motors are used as an intermediate product in production of Steam carriages.png Steam Carriages, which production chain is shown below:

Steam carriages.pngSteam Carriages

Balance.png -23410Farmers -5Workers -500Engineers -2950Jornaleros -40Attractiveness.png -100

Credits.png 995500Timber 280Bricks 470Steel Beams 360Windows 320Reinforced Concrete 320

Alternatively, the coal mine may be replaced with two charcoal kilns for 500Credits.png, 4Timber, 5Bricks, -10Attractiveness.png, 10Balance.png, 30Workers.

Supplies:

Expeditions

Steam motors can be used during expeditions, they grant 30 bonus points to navigation skill and 30 bonus morale per 50 tons.

Trade

Steam motors can be passively sold for 7028Credits.png or purchased for 17570Credits.png per ton. They can be actively bought from Old Nate for 17570Credits.png coins. No neutral trader buys steam motors for a special price.

Production

Steam motors are produced in a Steam motors.png Motor Assembly Line from Steel.png Steel and Brass.png Brass. The basic production chain for steam motors is shown below:

Steam motors.pngSteam Motors

Balance.png -7700Workers -500Engineers -750Attractiveness.png -80

Credits.png 315400Timber 128Bricks 230Steel Beams 168Windows 140Reinforced Concrete 140

Alternatively, the coal mine may be replaced with two charcoal kilns for 500Credits.png, 4Timber, 5Bricks, -10Attractiveness.png, 10Balance.png, 30Workers.

Alternatives

Penny farthings production

Bruno Ironbright, Engineering Giant.pngBruno Ironbright, Engineering Giant
Legendary
Only Ironbright's contributions to modern engineering can be said to have been utterly groundbreaking.
Trade Union Equipped in Trade Union

Affects
Bicycle Factory Bicycle Factory
Cab Assembly Line Cab Assembly Line
Sewing Machine Factory Sewing Machine Factory
Effects
Productivity: +50%
Extra Goods
Occasionally produces extra Advanced Weapons Advanced Weapons every 3rd cycle
Occasionally produces extra Steam Motors Steam Motors every 3rd cycle

Expedition Bonus
ExpeditionCrafting.png Crafting: +55
ExpeditionDiplomacy.png Diplomacy: +25


Steam carriages production

Bruno Ironbright, Engineering Giant.pngBruno Ironbright, Engineering Giant
Legendary
Only Ironbright's contributions to modern engineering can be said to have been utterly groundbreaking.
Trade Union Equipped in Trade Union

Affects
Bicycle Factory Bicycle Factory
Cab Assembly Line Cab Assembly Line
Sewing Machine Factory Sewing Machine Factory
Effects
Productivity: +50%
Extra Goods
Occasionally produces extra Advanced Weapons Advanced Weapons every 3rd cycle
Occasionally produces extra Steam Motors Steam Motors every 3rd cycle

Expedition Bonus
ExpeditionCrafting.png Crafting: +55
ExpeditionDiplomacy.png Diplomacy: +25


Sewing machines production

Bruno Ironbright, Engineering Giant.pngBruno Ironbright, Engineering Giant
Legendary
Only Ironbright's contributions to modern engineering can be said to have been utterly groundbreaking.
Trade Union Equipped in Trade Union

Affects
Bicycle Factory Bicycle Factory
Cab Assembly Line Cab Assembly Line
Sewing Machine Factory Sewing Machine Factory
Effects
Productivity: +50%
Extra Goods
Occasionally produces extra Advanced Weapons Advanced Weapons every 3rd cycle
Occasionally produces extra Steam Motors Steam Motors every 3rd cycle

Expedition Bonus
ExpeditionCrafting.png Crafting: +55
ExpeditionDiplomacy.png Diplomacy: +25


History and Trivia

Steam power, to simplify, involves the generation of steam being used to drive machinery via steam's properties of heat and expansion. Water, when heated to boiling, transforms into steam, occupying a much greater area; this change creates pressure, which can be used to push pistons or spin turbines, which are the fundamental mechanics behind steam motors to this day. While this principle had been vaguely known and understood all the way back to the days of the Roman Empire, it was not until the 1800s that technology, metallurgy, and mechanics had advanced enough to produce effective, efficient, useful, and mostly safe steam power.

The first commercial steam engines were developed in the 1700s by Thomas Newcomen and James Watt; the device was not used extensively until the 1800s, however, when high-pressure steam engines -- ones capable of generating and using steam pressure well above ambient -- were developed. Stationary steam engines would be absolutely essential to the Industrial Revolution, driving factory equipment and generating electricity using levels of force and power unmatched by any method before them.

Steam engines on ships were actually not popular immediately, for some very good reasons. Steam generation requires fire, which is generally a bad thing to have on board a ship made out of wood, covered in flammable substances such as tar and draped in hemp ropes and canvas sails. This only becomes worse on warships, when gunpowder is involved. In addition, early steam engines were slow and inefficient (thus taking up a lot of space and consuming a lot of fuel), and a high-pressure steam system tends to react badly when a hole is punched in it by, say, a cannonball. While moving against the wind was undeniably useful, early steam produced more tradeoffs than was considered worthwhile for this benefit. As such, ships and especially warships were slow to adopt steam power, and only when engines began to become more efficient and metal-hulled ships began to become prominent and widely built did steam power start pushing out sails for good.


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