Dogdyke Steam Drainage Station
Steaming 1856 beam engine driving a scoop wheel land drainage pump. Also working 1940 Ruston 7XHR diesel with Gwynnes centrifugal pump. The steam engine was built in 1856 to replace an existing wind pump to drain a large area of farmland between the rivers Bain and Witham. The engine is the original, external condensing beam-engine built by Bradley & Craven of Wakefield. It is the only surviving engine by this builder and is possibly the oldest steam-driven scoop wheel land drainage pumping set in the country that is still in steam and in its original position. This is a 16hp steam engine driving a 24ft (7.3m) diameter scoop wheel with wooden floats that can lift 25 tons (22.7tonnes) of water. It once lifted water from the lower drain into the River Witham, but now the water is channelled back into the drain.
Opening Times : 5 May, 2 Jun, 6-7 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 & 14 Sep, 6 Oct (1200-1630). Evening openings: 17 Jul, 15 Aug (1700-2000).
01522 683 755
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