The Caledon Beam Engine, an impressive example of Ireland’s industrial archaeology, is unique in the sense that it is the last remaining housed beam engine in Ireland and thus of immense historical importance. It is one of only eight surviving beam engines in Ireland. The engine is technically known as a beam engine on account of the massive beam which links the piston rod at one end of the engine to the connecting rod and drive shaft at the other end. The Caledon Beam Engine is an integral part of the building which encloses it since the framework which supports the rocker beam rests on metal girders, the ends of which are built into the side walls. Caledon Beam Engine and engine house, the Wool Store, base of the chimney stack and underground flue are all that remain of the 6-storey Caledon Mill Complex.
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