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shinyduck
28-03-2011, 07:49 PM
The grade II listed Victorian pumping station was constructed by the Sunderland and South Shields water company . In 1866 orders were placed for 2 100hp beam engines and their pumps . The engines started pumping water from the permeable magnesian limestone 250 feet down into a staple well at a depth of 150 feet . The engines stopped working in 1967 .
Originally 6 cornish boilers raised the steam , however these were replaced with 3 lancashire boilers 2 of which are still run under steam (Easter Friday to Monday) . iíll be paying a visit  .
An authorized visit with many thanks to the volunteers who put up with me climbing on top of things to take photos .

The building with the chimney in the background
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Looking up the chimney
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112484.jpg
It had to be done
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112517.jpg
Inside the forge
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112470.jpg
I was thinking nice bbq bellows
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112482.jpg
Valve from one of the pumping rods
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112464.jpg
One of the fire boxes
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112266.jpg
The fire boxes inside the boiler
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112284.jpg
250 feet down
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112293.jpg
The centre of the flywheel
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112306.jpg
A look up the connecting rod to the beam
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112304.jpg
One of the governors used to stop the engine
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112420.jpg
A look down the manhole to the staple well
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112440.jpg
The makers
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112404.jpg
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112402.jpg
Now thats some spanners
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112410.jpg
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112400.jpg
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An oil dispenser feed with a wick
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An oil filter , i thought it was an old tea urn at first
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The manual starting levers
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112399.jpg
http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i428/shinyduck/ryhope%20pumping%20station/200320112392.jpg

cheers :thumb

Clough
28-03-2011, 07:57 PM
Sweet

Krypton
28-03-2011, 08:43 PM
Awesome ive always wanted to go here!

MJS
28-03-2011, 09:55 PM
Cracking stuff

KingElvis
29-03-2011, 10:42 AM
Nice one, just my sort of thing.

I like this lots.

shinyduck
29-03-2011, 10:32 PM
That is one sweet looking building there!

Cracking pictures, if i had been there, those spanners would have driven me mad not being all the same way around, i would have had to put them all facing the same way :D

the big ones take 2 blokes to shift them . and they are still in use

minxy*
29-03-2011, 11:49 PM
Awesome stuff :thumb

Cuban Bloodhound
30-03-2011, 02:07 PM
Good report, I've often wondered what this place was like inside. It's interior compliments it's lovely exterior.

ERNIE99_UK
30-03-2011, 02:37 PM
Thats ace, its a palace of victorian engineering.

Only2Eyes
30-03-2011, 08:49 PM
Excellent