'A UK campaign to build a truck-sized, prototype computer first envisaged in 1837 is gathering steam.
More than 1,600 people have pledged money and support to build Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.
Although elements of the engine have been built over the last 173 years, a complete working model of the steam-powered machine has never been made ...'Full article, BBC, 14/10/10.
Found this interesting. Thought I would share.
I had no idea that something like this was being proposed so long ago.