Annual Steam Gala of Crofton Beam Engines this weekend

Here’s the annual Steam Gala of the oldest working steam engines in the world. Watch and be fascinated how these two magnificent oldest Cornish beam engines still working up to this day.

Crofton Beam Engines | Visit Wiltshire

Crofton Beam Engines | Visit Wiltshire

If you are a steam enthusiast and would like to see how the steam engines work, especially the oldest in the world then don’t miss out this weekend Steam Gala. The Steam Gala will be this coming weekend 24-25 September 2016.

Crofton Pumping Station Steaming Weekends

Crofton, Marlborough, WILTSHIRE, SN8 3DW


Come and see the pumping station in steam. This fascinating building helps pump water along the canal.

Situated in the Wiltshire countryside 6 miles from the picturesque market town of Marlborough, this Grade 1 listed building houses two magnificent Cornish beam engines, one of which (the 1812 Boulton and Watt) is the oldest working beam engine in the world still in its original engine house and capable of actually doing the job for which it was installed.

Crofton Pumping Station was built in 1807 to provide water to the summit of the Kennet and Avon Canal. The first engine installed in the building was a 36 inch bore Boulton and Watt which had a wooden beam and began working in 1809. In 1812, a 42 inch bore Boulton and Watt engine was installed beside it. In 1846, the 36 inch bore Boulton and Watt was replaced by a Sims Combined Cylinders Engine constructed by Harvey of Hayle.

Both the 1812 Boulton and Watt, and the 1846 Harvey engine (in its final form) are in working condition, and are steamed publicly on several weekends through the summer months from a coal fired Lancashire boiler. When the Pumping Station is in steam, it actually carries out the job for which it was built, the electrically powered pumps that now normally do the job being switched off.

Although not part of the original station, there are a number of interesting small stationary steam engines in the boiler house, which are also run when the station is in steam.

During the Summer months, the visiting public have access to all parts of the station, whether in steam or not, and when in steam, can experience close up the smell and sounds of these wonderful relics of our past in operation. Fresh, locally prepared hot and cold food and souvenirs are available in the ‘Engineman’s Rest’ Cafe and Shop which is in a former boiler house, and there is plenty of room in the grounds for sitting and enjoying the splendid views. There is ample parking for visitors in the car park opposite. Please check the attraction web site for details of the opening times.

Opening Times

Steam Gala(24 Sept 2016 – 25 Sept 2016)


Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Repeatable Event

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Author: Henry Thompson

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