Steam Engine
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(things in italics and parenthesis are notes for me to insert later.)

Item#: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

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SCP-XXXX running, ready for transport.

Special Containment Procedures:
When not running, SCP-XXXX is to held in a vacuum chamber at site 19. The chamber should be large enough to allow 5 meters of empty space on all sides of SCP-XXXX. Personnel entering room are required to wear fire-proof airtight environmental suits made of non-flammable Zetex and Vermiculite fibers.

If SCP-XXXX is to be moved, it must be running, and be provided with enough water for 150% of the estimated travel time. A mechanic familiar with 19th century steam engines should be present at all times when SCP-XXXX is being moved.

Description:
SCP-XXXX is a steam engine, made primarily of an unknown metal. Object has been dated between 1850 and 1875, based on carbon dating. When first discovered, SCP-XXXX showed signs of extreme age, such as various cracks along its side, and rust spots. It was initially restored by Dr. ████.

SCP-XXXX requires no fuel other than water in its boiler tank. When running, SCP-XXXX gives off no detectable heat, nor any other types of radiation. Any water put into boiler while engine is running, will slowly heat until it reaches boiling.

When SCP-XXXX is running, it functions exactly like an engine of its time and design is expected to. It is not until SCP-XXXX stops running, be it by lack of fuel, or mechanical failure, that its anomalous properties manifest.

When SCP-XXXX is not running, any object that comes within 4m of SCP-XXXX will, within 5-30 minutes, spontaneously erupt into flame. Flames exhibit properties typical of normal fire, though no heat has been observed from either SCP-XXXX or the object, prior to combustion. Non-flammable materials do not seem to be affected.

SCP-XXXX was discovered on ██/██/19██, at the bottom of Lake Michigan, about ██ km from Chicago, IL. object came to Foundation attention when agents embedded in the US Coast Guard heard reports that a local diving charter had found something at the bottom of the lake. Found roughly 6m from SCP-XXXX initial site, was a watertight box which contained a series of journals related to SCP-XXXX. see addendum XXXX-A