Free Steam Engine Reads

Free Steam Engine Downloads

Many of the following old steam books are sourced from all over the internet – some over a century old and written during the steam era, costing us nothing but time, so that saving is being passed on to you.

They cover steam engines and boilers, whether on land, sea or fresh water and the PDF’s are absolutely free of charge and come checked thoroughly directly from this site, so no bugs involved.

We will be including a few others that could prove useful to you in your workshop, just to fill your interests or a need to help broaden your knowledge.

Simply click the blue links to download the pdf’s, or maybe the Kindle or printed versions to read at your leisure – they may well be worth a look.

Just pop the kettle on – sit back – and have a good read on us.



Steam – A Basic Tutorial

A History of the Growth of the Steam Engine

Advances In Steam Path Technology

Building Simple Model Steam Engines – Tubal Cain

Steam Engines Explained (England’s Living History)

The Abortion of the Young Steamers Engineer’s Guide

The Chinese Steam Navy 1862-1945 The Chinese Steam Navy – 1862 / 1945

The Life of Brunel


Steamboats on the Western Rivers Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to name but a few.

The Great American Steamboat Race

The Story Of The Paddle Steamer

The Steamboat Era

Steam Trains: The Magnificent History of Britain’s Locomotives from Stephenson’s Rocket to BR’s Evening Star

Railroads Across North America: An Illustrated History

The Historical Guide to North American Railroads, 3rd Edition  


Driving A Steam Locomotive


The Steam Turbine

GE Steam Turbine Design – Philosophy And Technology Programs

Steam Turbine Thermal Evaluation

Steam Turbines Design & Application

Steam Turbines  for Industrial Applications

Steam Turbines  For Large Power Applications

High Power Density Steam Turbine Design Evolution


How A Steam Locomotive Works

How To Build A Model Steamer

Industrial Boilers And Heat Recovery Steam Generators

International Steam Tables 2nd Edition

Iron And Steamship Archeology

Maritime Steam – How Steam Revolutionized The World’s Shipping

Plugging, Repair and Inspection of Steam Generator Tubing

Rail, Steam & Speed

Reliability of Safety-Related Steam-Turbine-Driven Standby Pumps

Report of the Cruise of the Revenue Steamer Corwen

Basic Tutorial On Steam Plants

Steam – Design of Fluid Systems


The PDF below, Steam Engine Theory & Practice, is a bit on the big side –  37MB – so be patient with the slow download if you are not on the super-duper high-speed fiber.

Steam Engine Theory & Practice

Steam Explosion Review

Steam Explosion & Reactor Safety

Steam Generators – Description & Design

Steam Generators – Operating


Have you checked out our free model steam engine plans yet? Interested – just click here.


Steam Tables (ASME) – Compact Edition

Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines

Steam Steel & Electricity

1946 Operations Manual for Us Navy Destroyer

Destroyer Steam Propulsion Plant Manual

American Steam Engines: Their Practical Operation And Economy


We’ll add more as and when we find them.