Before Hams invented DIY Electronics and even before Electric Current gained any respectable position in the Manufacturing Community. The thing that was making many heads nod in unison, was Steam Engines.
Coal, Steel and then Steam Engines made the word Industrial Manufacturing very Meaningful.
See some inspiring videos of The Steam Engines at Michael Stacey of Chesterfield. Here you will find models from Mamod, Hobbies, Meccano, Bowman, Wilesco, Maxwell Hemmens, Stuart, etc.
Wilesco Dampftraktor D405.
Miss England – Twin jet propelled speed boat, Made by Victory Industries Ltd Circa 1948.