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Internal Fire Museum of Power, Tan-y-groes
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The Internal Fire – Museum of Power is a museum of internal combustion engines in West Wales. The museum's collection is mostly of larger stationary diesel engines, as used for generating sets and pumping stations. The museum is located at Tanygroes, Ceredigion, near Cardigan.ExhibitsMost of the engines are restored to working order. Each day, a range of engines will be in operation during the museum's opening. On special occasions, at Easter and the second weekend in October, an attempt is made to run as many of the engines as possible.DieselThe museum operates the oldest working diesel engine in the UK, a 1912 Sulzer single cylinder Air-blast injection Diesel, an example of the original Rudolf Diesel design.SteamThe museum now houses over 200 tons of working engines in nine Halls and is in the process of creating a new Steam Hall which will house a 1903 J & E Wood 500hp tandem compound along with an 1879 John Penn twin cylinder oscillating paddle steamer as a number of smaller engines including the only surviving Petter steam engine.Gas turbineOne of the museum's most unusual exhibits is a 'Pocket Power Station', powered by a Bristol Proteus gas turbine engine. The regional electricity board installed several 2.7MW remote operated generation sets for peak load powered by the Proteus. Designed to run for ten years many were still in use forty years later.
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  • This isn't just a museum of internal combustion engines but also houses two excellent displays on the history of communication - including a working mechanical telephone exchange to play with and a fa...  more »
  • Having not visited the museum for nine years, I decided to drive the 540 miles from north Scotland for their end of season crank up. On arrival I was greeted like a long lost friend by Hazel. The muse...  more »
  • Great day out, many memories brought back, the engines are a wonderful look back in time to see the wonderful way industry was done with these magnificant enigines, we were there on the last day of th...  more »
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  • Really interesting place for years we drove past and now it is a firm favourite with its interesting engines, telephone room and jet engine. All decked out in the appropriate ages. Lovely coffee shop and brick a bracey shop with a warm.welcome from Hazel always x
  • Some really interesting bits and pieces here, my little one really loved the telephone exchanges where he could pretend to be an old school operator putting callers through. Good for young and old aspiring engineers!
  • Not the easiest place to find - but it really is worth the effort if old diesels interest you. Many engines running every day. Run by genuine enthusiasts who really know what they're talking about. Nice cafe too. Go.
  • Great for anyone interested in engineering heritage. Plenty of interesting exhibits and friendly staff
  • Fabulous give it a try. This was a great day well displayed exhibits great staff and volunteers, plenty of information. A mixture of engines many of which were operational and working telephone equipment. The telephone part was particularly loved by the children. A real treasure so pleased we found it.