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Ryhope Engines Museum, Sunderland

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The Ryhope Engines Museum is a visitor attraction in the Ryhope suburb of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.The Grade II* listed building is the most visited man-made landmark in Ryhope and is based at The Ryhope Pumping Station, operational for 100 years before closing in 1967.The volunteer-run museum contains two Victorian beam engines, which are kept in working order by members of the Ryhope Engines Trust. The site is owned by Northumbrian Water, successors to the Sunderland & South Shields Water Company which built the complex in the 1860s.The engines are a near identical pair of double-acting compound rotative beam engines by the local North East firm R & W Hawthorn of Newcastle - 'possibly the finest pair of compound beam engines in Great Britain'. Each beam weighs 22 tons and each flywheel 18 tons. Both engines can be seen fully operational and in steam on various weekends and bank holidays each year.The museum also contains three 1908 Lancashire boilers (two of which are still in regular service), a blacksmith's forge, a waterwheel, numerous steam engines and pumps, a replica plumber's shop, and many items associated with waterworks. In addition, visitors arriving in the engine house are now able to see to the bottom of the 250-foot well shaft by means of a viewing panel inserted in the floor.
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  • Absolutely unbelievable, make sure you visit on a bank holiday when the pumping station is steamed up and working. Stand on the top gantry and witness the beam engine in full flow, I defy anybody not ...  more »
  • A well preserved pumping house with a fully working twin beam engine. Steam power on Bank Holidays sets the two 22 ton monster beams into action. Magnificent engineering from the 1860's lovingly looke...  more »
  • Can't believe it's took me so long before visiting this museum. Great in door place to visit. Loved the walkway over the well. Nice touch by the on site blacksmith who makes hearts from horse shoes. G...  more »
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  • Open most bank holiday weekends. This is one of the only steam-powered pumping stations in the UK. A great piece of local history.
  • A must visit place . Go see the steam pumping engine on open days. Engineering at its finest
  • Historic building, massive steam beam engines. A wonderful sight when in operation. Plus staffed by a dedicated team of ancient volunteers.
  • Good and interesting museum of old steam engines. Worth a visit.
  • Brilliant museum, love history like this where you can see it working . Wish it was open more often