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Crossness Engines Industrial Museum holds local history themed steam day
ENGINEERING enthusiasts and novices alike gathered in Abbey Wood on Sunday for a local history themed steam day.
The Crossness Engines Industrial Museum opened its doors for the final steam day of the year, firing up one of four massive original pumping engines Prince Consort for 727 grateful visitors.
The pumping station in Belvedere Road was originally opened in April 1865 as part of London's urgently needed main sewerage system with each main engine featuring 52 tonne flywheels - perhaps the largest of their kind in the world.
Exhibitors included the Friends of Red House, the Bexley Civic Society, the Erith and Belvedere Local History Society, the Bexley Historical Society and the Bexley Archaeological Group.
Museum trustee Dave Coles said: “We were swamped with soggy punters all day. Despite the weather people decided to come anyway and they just kept turning up.
“We had a coach load of tourists from the Netherlands and three people from Oregon. Everybody really enjoyed themselves.”
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