One final push for the mighty beam engines in 2016
The mighty beam engines at Crofton Pumping Station will give one final scheduled push this month, with its annual steam gala.
A range of attractions will entice visitors on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, including steam vehicles, classic cars, canal boat trips and morris dancers.
Live music ranges from jazz to performances by the Pewsey Male Voice Choir. To add an educational element to the weekend there will be talks about Victorian dressmaking and about the beam engines and their engine house.
Although the facility closes to the public over the winter months, it can still be brought into service doing the job it was designed to do – pumping water 1.6km to the summit of the Kennet and Avon Canal – as happened in Easter this year.
The pumping station is due to reopen to the public in April 2017.