TL4659 : Cambridge Pumping Station

near to Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Cambridge Pumping Station
Cambridge Pumping Station
A view of the pumping station with the steam house in front. Built in 1894 it burned city waste to feed the boilers. The museum's main attractions are two Hathorn Davey steam engines, one of which is fully operational and often runs on steam weekends. 1904 saw the installation of two gas engines and later an electric pump.
Cheddars Lane Pumping Station
The River Cam was in a right state in late Victorian times, so in 1894 Cheddars Lane pumping station opened to pump sewage and water away to the Milton sewage farm. The station burned waste, then coke and waste as the calorific value decreased. Coke was easily sourced from the gasworks next door! The steam engines worked until 1968 when trade/hospital waste was burnt. In 1909 two gas engines were installed and later an electric motor to cope with high rainfall. Now the site is a museum of technology (past technology really). On site are several other steam/oil engines built or worked in and around Cambridgeshire. The Hathorn Davy engines are in working order and represent a rare treat.
See also TL4659 : Cambridge Museum of Technology - The Steam Man
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Sunday, 19 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 20 August, 2012
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4652 5931 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:12.7519N 0:8.5860E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4650 5931
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