Visited Kew Bridge Pumping Station today. Very nice indeed if you like a bit of steam whooshing around, powering huge but finely engineered lumps of iron and brass. Here are a few snaps to give a flavour of the place.
Not an invented Steampunk set of dials, but a real set on a triple stage 1910 steam engine:
Big bad machinary (painted a nice green)
It’s important to have Corinthian columns in your massive steam machinary.
Giant wrenches for when the telly goes on the blink.
BUT WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE BYPASS VALVE FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE?
Are you sure?
This was a lovely machine. Enormous, but virtually silent except for pleasing whirrings and hummings.
Very Large Beam (Two of these, driven by 90 inch diameter cyclinders pumped drinking water round London in the 19th Century and early 20th)
A fascinating visit & highly recommended. Check the dates to make sure the biggest engines are running when you go for full impact.