SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - Now why won't this thing work?

taken 3 years ago, near to Stretton, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - Now why won't this thing work?
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - Now why won't this thing work?
The owner of this incredible model Humphrey pump (see - SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - model Humphrey pump) was trying unsuccessfully to coax it into life. This is a pistonless water pump that uses the water to be pumped as a piston. The pump is the vertical assembly standing in the grey tank and pumps up to a tank at an elevated level (on top of the vertical pipes to the right). It is fuelled with propane and the black bin with a wooden assembly is a home made gas holder. There is also a car battery in the mix as this is a spark ignition (in a wet environment) internal combustion engine. There were working installations in Chingford, London and Australia and the latter is preserved and workable.

The owner realised what the problem was on his way home after a day of investigation and trialling. Therefore this was resolved on the wet Bank Holiday Monday and the device was found to work pretty well. However the violence of the power stroke, coupled with the smallness of the top tank, meant that anybody nearby got a free shower. Fortunately the wet weather had forced the owner to erect a gazebo over the business end and that provided shelter from more than one sort of shower. Unfortunately I had forgotten to bring a camera to record the sight of it hurling water in the air.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 August, 2014   (more nearby)
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Monday, 25 August, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  People, Events 
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Pump 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 2629 2587 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:49.7831N 1:36.6746W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 2629 2587
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