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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  • August 21, 2017
    We visited this museum more than ten years ago and so thought it time for a return visit. The changes since our last visit were huge - lots more exhibits including telecoms rooms with working telephon...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Visited the museum with an old friend of mine . On the day, several of the engines were running and we spent a couple of hours mostly just standing and staring .One of the volunteers gave us an insigh...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    "It was very good. They had a big variety of engines and some extraordinary ones. They actually show you them working. They also have old phones you can call with" (by our ten year old) People were ve...  more »
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  • Amazing place if you like huge industrial engines and telephone history, run by a dedicated enthusiastic bunch, well worth a visit.
  • Great collection of historic engines and objects. Shame it doesn't get more attention as they have hundreds of old engines but enough money to build the facilities to restore and display them.
  • Plenty to see - an ever-increasing collection, and a warm welcome. And lots to appeal to younger visitors, too!
  • If engines are your thing then you will love this museum.
  • Great day out for anyone interested in Having or STEM subjects.

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