Beam Engine - The Lead Mining MuseumThe famous Wanlockhead Beam Engine is a survivor of this technology. No certain history of the Wanlockhead Beam Engine has been found to date but descriptions of similar engines have survived from 1745 and one is recorded to have been used on a coal mine at Canonbie, Dumfriesshire in the 1790's.used engines for gold mining,MTU Report > Company > History Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle engines .Feb 17, 2015 . In the 1950s, the Yukon Placer Mining Company used a hydraulic monitor powered by a Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle Series 71 engine. Nearby on Big Gold Creek, three Series 71 engines powered the generator on the gold dredge. When the operation ended forty years later, the hydraulic monitor's engine was.