ABBEY PUMPING STATION
There was only one place on the planet you could see 4 beam pumping engines running together.The place was Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester, the time was 28th/29th of June and Master Li and I were there to see and hear them. Not as a result of long term planning, but Happenstance or Serendipity. We had planned to go to the traction Engine Rally at North Anston in South Yorkshire. There was heavy rain on Saturday and we knew it would be bad underfoot on Sunday and Master Li’s van is very skittish on wet grass. I looked in an events calender for an inside location and found that Abbey would be steaming so off we went down a surprisingly event free M1 to Leicester.
Abbey Pumping Station was steaming indeed. Their four engines are all in working order but their boiler will only steam one engine. At a pinch it will steam two but runs out of puff in 20 minutes.
To mark 50 years since the Pumping Station closed they had hired in a high power steam generator so they could run all four together. It is unlikely to ever happen again as it cost £10,000 for the weekends hire !!
So a unique event and happy chance for me & Li.
Top pics the four engines running
Bottom Pic the high power steam generator