TL4659 : Blackstone Engine

taken 5 years ago, near to Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Blackstone Engine
Blackstone Engine
Originally worked at the Milton Sewage farm with an pump (also preserved in the room). It replaced a steam engine and has been on site at Cambridge museum of technology since the 1970s.
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 4653 5932 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:12.7571N 0:8.5951E
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