from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a steam-engine, the mechanism used for working the valves by hand; the starting-gear.


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  • And all these operations are directed and controlled by a man who stands in one place, strangely yet not inappropriately named a "pulpit," by means of the hand-gear that gives them all to him like toys.

    Steam, Steel and Electricity

  • In altering his course, he exposed the vessel's broadside to the enemy and a shot smashed the pilot-house, but they steered her in with the hand-gear.

    Brandon of the Engineers

  • "It would be safer to make what ye might call a trial trip, but beggars mustn't be choosers; an if the engines will go over to the hand-gear, the probability -- I'm only saying it's a probability -- the chance is that they'll hold up when we put steam on her."

    The Day's Work - Volume 1

  • Then some part of the disused hand-gear gave way under the three-man strain and that hope was gone.

    The Grafters

  • Sir John Anderson, in his admirable Report on the Vienna Exhibition of 1873, says: The most remarkable features of the Nasmyth hammers were the almost entire abandonment of the old self-acting motion of the early hammers and the substitution of new devices, and in the use of hand-gear only in all attempts to show off the working.

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography.

  • The self-acting arrangement was eventually done away with, and hand-gear again became all but universal.

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography.

  • When the bell sounded, the brakesman checked the speed, by taking hold of the hand-gear connected with the steam-valves, which were so arranged that by their means he could regulate the speed of the engine, and stop or set it in motion when required.

    Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson


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