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Bed time reading

Posted: 15 February 2010 | Greg Sutcliffe, Burkert Fluid Control Systems | 1 comment

Back in the day, before the advent of the internet, and we all lived our lives in glorious monochrome, my beloved mentor explained that for the decent steam guys, there was only one book – “The Efficient Use of Steam” by Oliver Lyle, c.1947.

Back in the day, before the advent of the internet, and we all lived our lives in glorious monochrome, my beloved mentor explained that for the decent steam guys, there was only one book – “The Efficient Use of Steam” by Oliver Lyle, c.1947.

Back in the day, before the advent of the internet, and we all lived our lives in glorious monochrome, my beloved mentor explained that for the decent steam guys, there was only one book – “The Efficient Use of Steam” by Oliver Lyle, c.1947.

If you are lucky enough to find one, snap it up, pure gold. Anyway, in the book’s introduction, Lyle explains that to truly appreciate industry’s most wonderful, flexible and adaptable tool you should learn as much as you can about the craft, and that too many accidently misuse this beautiful substance.

These words resonate deeply with me still. Just as in Lyle’s day, modern steam users are still searching for guidance and practical help. I doubt you will find the words “consultative sales partners” in Lyle’s book, but you get my point.

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One response to “Bed time reading”

  1. Steve Retford says:

    Greg

    You are absolutely right. If you are a proper steam engineer then it is a must to have a copy.

    It is funny how some of the new steam equipment manufacturers are preaching that they have invented new equipment (especially those that work like a polo mint) only to find identical equipment illustrated in Oliver Lyles book printed some 80 years ago.

    Best Regards

    Steve Retford
    Sales Director (Isis Fluid Control Ltd)

    P.S. In your beard

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