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TheÂ DartmouthÂ NewcomenÂ EngineÂ wasÂ builtÂ Â inÂ aboutÂ 1720Â andÂ wasÂ firstÂ usedÂ toÂ pumpÂ Â outÂ theÂ GriffÂ CollieryÂ inÂ Staffordshire .Â ItÂ was moved and rebuilt several timesÂ before ending up in Hawkesbury Junction, Warwickshire pumping water into a canal, where it retired from work in 1913 . InÂ 1964 , toÂ celebrateÂ theÂ 300thÂ anniversaryÂ ofÂ ThomasÂ Newcomen'sÂ birth , itÂ wasÂ reassembledÂ inÂ Dartmouth , the homeÂ ofÂ its inventor, byÂ theÂ NewcomenÂ Society . TheÂ DartmouthÂ EngineÂ showsÂ mostÂ ofÂ theÂ featuresÂ ofÂ theÂ earliestÂ NewcomenÂ Engines . ItÂ hasÂ aÂ simple , untrussed , woodenÂ beamÂ withÂ archÂ heads , chainÂ connectionsÂ andÂ woodenÂ spring-beamsÂ , allÂ believedÂ toÂ beÂ original . TheÂ valveÂ mechanismÂ isÂ moreÂ Â recent , butÂ isÂ activatedÂ automaticallyÂ byÂ aÂ plug-rod , as in theÂ earlyÂ engines . However , thereÂ is oneÂ significantÂ laterÂ feature inÂ theÂ shapeÂ Â ofÂ aÂ 'pickle - potÂ condenser , fittedÂ directly beneathÂ the cylinder . TheÂ engineÂ canÂ beÂ operatedÂ byÂ aÂ hydraulicÂ mechanismÂ , soÂ thatÂ theÂ visitorÂ canÂ observeÂ theÂ theÂ movementÂ ofÂ theÂ engineÂ andÂ theÂ operationÂ ofÂ theÂ valves .
ToÂ mark Â theÂ Â 300thÂ anniversaryÂ ofÂ theÂ firstÂ NewcomenÂ Engine Â inÂ 1712 , theÂ EngineÂ HouseÂ is currentlyÂ beingÂ updatedÂ andÂ willÂ featureÂ new Â graphicsÂ panelsÂ andÂ aÂ shortÂ filmÂ byÂ AdamÂ HartÂ - Davis , showingÂ theÂ workingÂ ofÂ aÂ NewcomenÂ Engine . ThereÂ willÂ alsoÂ beÂ seriesÂ ofÂ linkedÂ eventsÂ inÂ theÂ town , includingÂ aÂ lectureÂ seriesÂ andÂ aÂ Â SteamÂ Fair . ( ForÂ detailsÂ ofÂ theseÂ andÂ otherÂ events ,Â seeÂ theÂ linkedÂ 'NewcomenÂ 300'Â entryÂ inÂ the guideÂ orÂ contactÂ Â theÂ TIC ).