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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  • As you walk in, you are taken back decades to this great engineering masterpiece. Simple words can't describe this buildings contents, how it's cramed into every corner of its four storeys. There is p...  more »
  • Avisit to this Museum is so interesting because it was involved with the supply of water to the local area, seeing the engine working is just fantastic and atmospheric. The engine works on Bank holida...  more »
  • Friends told us about the open weekend and car rally at Ryhope on 29/10/17 so decided to visit. The pumping station is an amazing building and an engine you could eat your dinner off. Huge credit to t...  more »
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  • Excellent even if you've no interested in steam the engine is spectacular moving parts are absolutely enormous. The engine side staff are pleasent and lunch is served by some very nice folk. USUALLY BANK HOLIDAYS & FREE.
  • Fantastic place, so great to see it under steam and working. Definitely would go back. Always wondered what was inside the building
  • Mint classic car show twice a year & also opens whole place up with old trams/buses etc for children/adults to ride, great day out & free. Hope the tradition keep going. Well done to all the staff & volunteers.
  • A real life working museum if you like old victorian engineering and technology go and see it you can walk up on the top floor next to the massive beams and on the bottom where the boilers are it is only open certain times a year bank holidays and such so check before you go and the last Sunday in October they have a classic car show on so you can see both at the same time
  • loved this place.All I can say is if you like steam don't miss this engine. Great place to spend a day when engine is steaming.
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