SS6592 : Swansea Museum - beam from Cornish beam engine

taken 7 years ago, near to Swansea/Abertawe, Great Britain

Swansea Museum - beam from Cornish beam engine
Swansea Museum - beam from Cornish beam engine
This is the sole remaining part of six Cornish beam pumping engines erected in one house at Sudbrook to drain the Severn Tunnel carrying trains between England and Wales. Built 1887 by Harvey & Co of Hayle. This is 30' long and weighs 20 tons. It is of unique riveted wrought iron construction.

The engines were scrapped about 1968 and nowadays they probably would have been saved. It was described by some as the 'greatest act of corporate vandalism'.

I had initially given the date of this beam as 1879 as that is the date on the information panel. However, although there was an 1879 engine on the Severn Tunnel, the No. 1 engine house engines were built in 1887 and as far as I can tell this is one of those six identical beams. Certainly photographs of the No. 1 engine house beams are a good match but I cannot find any pictures of the beam of the 1879 engine.
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Saturday, 28 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 22 August, 2012
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