Titanic's Triple Expansion Engines
When I was a kid I remember watching the 90s film version of Titanic (james Cameron's take on it) and being captivated by 1 thing in particular. It wasn't the grandeur of the ship, the disaster or any of the people. Rather it was of 1 man standing to the side of crankshaft. I remember realising just how big and fast these engines moved and its a thought that stayed with me up until the start of 2017, which was the 105th anniversary of the legendaries ship maiden voyage. As my own way to remembering the ship, I made the decision to model parts of the main Reciprocating Engine Room
My main goal was to make the main engines. A lot of information like equipment placement and type has been lost to time or at least in a place that I do not have access too, so A LOT of guess work has been done. A perfect example of this is the catwalk. I had seen some diagrams which showed some of them from her sister ships layout however each ship had their own differences. Luckily some things did have drawings I could follow like the reversing engine which controls the direction the engine turns, I just had to interpret them... wither they're right or wrong is another matter however.
As a bonus I attempted to rig and animate the engine turning over. Below is a gif if the final animation of the starboard engine going in reverse because I apparently did it in the wrong direction. I did learn a lot however about how these types of engines work and how annoying it is to make a Stephenson Linkage valve gear.