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  1. Newcomen engine was first built in 1712 by Thomas Newcomen. Unlike other steam engines that followed, it worked by condensing the steam inside a cylinder. That created a vacuum, and made the atmospheric pressure move the piston. For that reason, it’s called “atmospheric engine”.

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