Otto-Lilienthal-Museum E X H I B I T S A N D H I G H L I G H T S
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Lilienthal steam engine
unique preserved specimen
Lightweight wall mounted steam engine No. 137 of 1889
Otto Lilienthal's Engineering works for steam boilers and engines
at Köpenicker Straße 110/113, Berlin
For the last century or so, historians engaged in research with the life and accomplishments of Lilienthal had come to the conclusion that, apart from the few preserved gliders, probably no original product of the Lilienthal machine works has been preserved. That's why it was a big surprise when the museum got to know a few years ago that a Lilienthal steam engine existed in Australia. Its owner, Frank Tynan from Goolongong/New South Wales, asked the museum in a letter if the manufacturer of his engine was the well known Otto Lilienthal or someone else with the same surname. Checking the few known pictures, patent papers and other documents known in the museum and comparing them with pictures sent from Australia gave the result: the engine in Australia was the one and only known preserved engine out of hundreds produced in the Berlin factory between 1881 and 1914.