SU2662 : Crofton Pumping Station - Cornish beam engine

near to Crofton, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Crofton Pumping Station - Cornish beam engine
Crofton Pumping Station - Cornish beam engine
This is the valve gear on the 1846 Cornish beam engine at Crofton. This was built as a Sims compound by Harvey & Co of Hayle but wasn't very successful and in 1905 it was rebuilt by the Great Western Railway as a single acting Cornish cycle engine with a 42" bore x 7.7' stroke cylinder. You can tell it's not working because the exhaust valve handle is chained down. Driving a non-rotative beam pumping engine is quite unlike driving any other type of engine and there are very few people who are proficient in this skill (I'm not one of them).
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Monday, 23 July, 2012
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