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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  • Beautifully maintained piece of history. Well worth a visit to see this huge machine in action and chat with the dedicated volunteers who maintain it. You can even buy a gift from the blacksmith who will make it while you wait.
  • Great historic building, housing a fantastic working steam beam pumping engine that is running on bank holidays and some weekends. Friendly volunteers happy to answer questions - and best of all no entry fee - although three volunteers rely entirely on donations to keep the place going.
  • sadly disappointed, facilities good but marshals for the car show were inept.When we arrived in my 1961 Ford Anglia we were told we could only attend by using the public car park. 10.15. A board at the gate said no entry to vehicles who plan to leave before 3pm. my wife and I walked from the carpark only to see one car leaving. On entry we saw plenty of space on the hill and surrounding area above the rear pond.My wife has problems walking using a stick. Better communication is required between the parkers and gate marshals. 90 mile round trip spoilt .We have been a regular at this event.
  • The car shows the best I'm always their see old frends decent foke
  • A great day out classic cars and the amazing pump station very impressive superb engineering

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