Beam Engines in the UK
- Anson Engine Museum, Poynton, Cheshire
- Armley mills, Leeds Industrial Museum, Leeds, West Yorkshire
- Black Country Museum, Dudley, West Midlands
- Bolton Steam Museum, Bolton, Lancashire
- Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway, Bredgar, Sittingbourne, Kent
- Bressingham steam Museum, Diss, Norfolk
- Bridewell Museum, Norwich, Norfolk
- Cambridge Museum of Technology, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge
- Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum, Uffculme, Devon
- Dean Heritage Centre, Soudley, Cinderford, Gloucestershire
- Derby Industrial Museum, Derby
- Ellenroad Engine House, New Hey, Rochdale, Lancashire
- Forncett Industrial Steam Museum, Forncett St Mary, Norfolk
- Glasgow Museum of Transport, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
- Helmshore Textile Museums, Helmshore, Rossendale, Lancashire
- Hollycombe Steam Collection and Gardens, Liphook, Hampshire
- IGMT - Blists Hill Victorian Town Museum, Madeley, Shropshire
- IGMT - Enginuity, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire
- Locomotion - The National Railway Museum at Shildon, Shildon, County Durham
- Markham Grange Steam Museum, Brodsworth, South Yorkshire
- Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester, Castlefield, Manchester
- National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
- Nottingham Industrial Museum, Wollaton Park, Nottingham
- Poldark Mine & Heritage centre, Wendron, near Helston, Cornwall
- The Steam Museum, Preston, Canterbury, Kent
- Science Museum, South Kensington, London
- Scottish Mining Museum, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian
- Snibston Discovery Park, Coalville, Leicestershire
- The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Castle, Taunton, Somerset
- The Steam Museum, Lodge Park, Straffan, Co Kildare, Eire
- Strumpshaw Steam Museum & Farm Machinery Collection, Strumpshaw, near Norwich, Norfolk
- Summerlee Heritage Park, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire
- Thinktank - The Birmingham Museum of Science & Discovery, Birmingham
- The Waterworks Museum, Broomy Hill, Hereford
- Engines preserved in situ
- Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester
- Beeleigh Mill, Maldon, Essex
- Blagdon Pumping Station, Blagdon, North Somerset
- British Engineerium, Hove, East Sussex
- Claymills Pumping Station, Stretton, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire
- Coleham Pumping Station, Longden, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
- Combe Mill, Blenheim Estate, Witney, Oxfordshire
- Cornish Mines and Engines Industrial Discovery Centre, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall
- Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire
- Dogdyke Pumping Station, Bridge Farm, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
- Eastney Beam Engine House, Eastney, Portsmouth, Hampshire
- Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
- Kew Bridge steam Museum, Brentford, Middlesex
- Levant Mine, Trewellard, Pendeen, near St Just, Cornwall
- Markfield Pumping Station, Tottenham, London
- Middleton Top Engine House, Middleton by Wirksworth, Derbyshire
- Midleton Distillery, Midleton, County Cork, Eire
- Papplewick Pumping Station, Ravenhead, Nottingham
- Pinchbeck Marsh Engine & Land Drainage Museum, Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincolnshire
- Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum, Prestonpans, East Lothian
- Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Country Park, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire
- Shore Road Pumping Station, Woodside, Birkenhead
- Stretham Old Engine, Stretham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
- Tees Cottage Pumping Station, Darlington, County Durham
- ENGINES ACCESSIBLE BY APPOINTMENT
- Beamish Regional Store, Beamish, County Durham
- Crossness Pumping Station, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, London
- Elsecar Heritage Centre, Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
- Garlogie Mill Power House Museum, Garlogie, Skene Aberdeenshire
- National Museums Collection Centre (National Museums of Scotland), Granton, Edinburgh
- University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath
- ENGINES PRESERVED OUTDOORS
- Aston Expessway, Birmingham
- Loughborough University, Loughborough
- Napier's Marine Engine, Dumbarton
- Renfrew, Ferry Green, by River Clyde
- University of Glamorgan, Treforest, South Wales
- THE END of part 1
- King Edward Mine Museum, Troon, Cornwall
- Heartlands, Robinson's Shaft, Pool, Cornwall
- Goonvean China Clayworks, near St Stephen, Cornwall
- Parkandillick Clayworks, near St Stephen, Cornwall
- Isle of Wight Museum Stores, Cothey Cottom, Ryde, Isle of Wight
- Swansea Museum, Swansea
- Private collection, Somerton, Somerset
- L Shed, Princess Wharf, Bristol
- Glyn Pits, Pontypool,Torfaen
- Southampton City Council museum store, Southampton
- Wrotham Park Estate Workshops, Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire
- Ram Brewery, Wandsworth, Greater London
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
- West Ham Pumping Station, Newham, Greater London
- Baker Street Windmill, Orsett, Essex
- Canterbury Museum (store), Canterbury, Kent
- Turnford Pumping Station, Wormley, Hertfordshire
- Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk
- Dorothea Quarry, Talysarn, Gwynedd
- Lumbhole Mill, Kettleshulme, Cheshire
- Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield, Staffordshire
- Wortley Top Forge, Wortley, Barnsley
- Snarestone Pumping Station, Snarestone, Leicestershire
- Great Central Railway, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire
- Lound Pumping Station, Lound, Suffolk
- Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Works, Halifax, Calderdale
- Bradford Industrial Museum, Moorside Mills, Eccleshill, Bradford
- Springhead Pumping Station, Hull
- Dalton Pumping Station, near Cold Hesledon, County Durham
- Beamish - The North of England Open Air Museum, Beamish, County Durham
- Replica of Paddle Steamer Comet, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde
- Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, Glasgow
- Wanlockhead Beam Engine, Wanlockhead, Dumfries & Galloway
- Devon Colliery, Fishcross, Clackmannanshire
- Scotland's Jute Museum @ Verdant works, Dundee
This waterworks pumping station has been described as the finest industrial monument in the north-east and is home to a pair of large Woolf compound rotative beam pumping engines built in 1868 by R & W Hawthorn of Newcastle-on-Tyne. The cylinders are 27.5" x 64" & 45" x 96". Steam is distributed by Cornish valves and the flywheels are 24' diameter. The site also has a pair of steam winches (one hidden under the access stairs) and a rotative boiler feed pump.
The engines have been preserved and operable for several decades and access on steaming days is currently free.
NZ4052 : Beam pumping engines, Ryhope
SJ3289 : Giant Grasshopper at Birkenhead SJ3289 : Shore Road Pumping Station
This impressive building was built in 1884 to drain the Mersey Railway tunnel and housed a massive non-rotative grasshopper beam pump and a horizontal Davey 'differential' engine. The grasshopper last ran in 1959 but amazingly survived to be restored and opened to the public. The engine can be moved by hydraulic power but the building is currently (2012) closed.
The engine is a true Woolf compound with only a single valve between high pressure exhaust and low pressure inlet. The cylinders measure a massive 36" x 120" & 55" x 156". The engine ran at 8 strokes per minute.
SJ3289 : The "Giant Grasshopper"
TL5173 : Stretham Old Engine House from the south TL5172 : Stretham Old Engine House
This land drainage pumping station houses a single cylinder engine driving a scoop wheel. The engine was built by the Butterley Company in 1831 and was rebuilt by Petrie of Rochdale in 1909. The piston valve cylinder is 39" x 96" and the flywheel is 24' diameter. It gear drives a scoop wheel 37' 2" diameter by 2' 5" wide. Steam was supplied by three Lancashire boilers working at 8 psi and fed by stand pipes. The engine is now turned electrically.
It is by far the largest of the three surviving beam engines driving scoop wheels.
TL5173 : Beam engine of 1831 at Stretham Old Engine TL5173 : Stretham Old Engine - the scoopwheel
TL5173 : Lancashire boilers at Stretham Old Engine
There is also an elderly Mirrlees, Bickerton & Day air blast diesel engine that drove a centrifugal pump.
TL5173 : Elderly diesel
NZ2513 : Broken Scar Waterworks. NZ2513 : Tees Cottage Pumping Station
This waterworks pumping station has held a variety of beam engines over the years but the last to be installed and the last to survive is a Woolf compound rotative beam pumping engine built in 1904 by Teasdale Bros of Darlington and is similar to the Blagdon beam engines that supplied Bristol. The cylinders are 18" x 63" & 29" x 84". The flywheel is 21' diameter.
NZ2513 : Beam pumping engine, Tees Cottage
These are late beam engines but the last waterworks beam engine for the UK was actually built in 1919 for Eastbury Pumping Station, Watford and a year later a uniflow pumping engine was laid down in the same building.
This large store is shared with the Newcastle Museums and holds many stationary steam engines including the following beam engines: -
Tennant's Brewery engine. A six column condensing engine of c1820-30 vintage by an unknown maker.
Plessey Mill engine. A grasshopper engine of c1830-40 vintage by an unknown maker.
Glemsford Silk Mill engine. Built c1849 by J T Beale of Greenwich. A single column engine with no flywheel or condenser.
Warden Law engine. A railway incline single cylinder beam winding engine built by T Murray & Co of Chester-le-Street in 1836.
Grasshopper side lever engine from paddle tug Lingdale. Built by J Stewart 1882.
TQ4881 : Cathedral of Sewage TQ4881 : Crossness Pumping Engines
This magnificent building was built as part of Bazalgette's plan to rid London of the 'big stink' and was at the eastern end of the southern outfall sewer. As built it housed four very large single cylinder beam pumping engines built in 1865 by James Watt & Co. These were rebuilt in 1899 by Benjamin Goodfellow of Hyde as triple expansion engines that retained the original beams and flywheels. The HP and IP cylinder share a piston rod with the HP below the floor and the LP is, as usual, at the outer end of the beam. All cylinders have Corliss valves. The engines each worked two 108" diameter low lift pumps.
The engines last ran in the 1950s and after many years of dereliction a Trust was formed to restore the site and one engine is now back in steam and another is being worked on.
TQ4881 : Crossness Pumping Station - Prince Consort TQ4881 : Crossness Pumping Station - preserved engine detail TQ4881 : The beam floor, Crossness Pumping Station TQ4881 : Rust and decay - Crossness Pumping Station TQ4881 : Crossness Pumping Station - rust and decay
The site is also home to a stored Woolf compound rotative beam pumping engine built in 1888 by Easton & Anderson and used at Addington Pumping Station.
TQ4881 : Beam engine parts - Crossness Pumping Station
Although listed as by appointment, it is actually freely open on steaming days. When not steaming, tours can be booked in advance on two days per week.
SK3899 : Elsecar Newcomen engine SK3899 : Newcomen engine house SK3899 : Elsecar Newcomen engine
NJ7805 : Remains of Garlogie Mill NJ7805 : Garlogie Power House from Surge Tank steps NJ7805 : Beam engine, Garlogie
ST7764 : University of Bath - main campus ST7764 : Stothert & Pitt beam engine, Bath University
SP0788 : Grazebrook Engine SP0788 : Grazebrook beam engine, Dartmouth Circus SP0788 : Grazebrook Engine
SK5219 : Loughborough Beam Engine SK5219 : Loughborough Beam Engine SK5219 : Loughborough University - plaque on beam engine.
NS4075 : Scottish Maritime Museum NS4075 : Engine of Paddle Steamer Leven, Dumbarton
NS5168 : Engines of the tug 'Clyde' at Renfrew NS5068 : Renfrew Ferry Landing
ST0888 : Preserved steam engine, University of Glamorgan
It is my intention that part two will cover those engines not already listed above and will be arranged by myriad from south to north (nothing like a little idiosyncrasy).
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