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Crofton Pumping Station on Kennet Avon Canal

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STEAMING WEEKEND 25/26/27 May 2013 -'The World's Oldest Steam Engine Still Able to Perform its Original Function'

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These historic beam engines, one of which is the oldest working beam engine in the world, can be seen at the Crofton Pumping Station on the Kennet Avon Canal just to the west of the village of Great Bedwyn and 6 miles from the medieval town of Marlborough.

The engines are steamed publicly on scheduled weekends throughout the summer doing the job that they were originally installed for, the electrically powered pump being switched off for the duration.

The Pumping Station was built in 1807 to pump water from the canal to the summit to feed the Kennet Avon Canal.

The Crofton Pumping Station is open to the public every day 1030 a.m-5.00 p.m. from Easter through to the end of September.

There is the Enginemans Rest Cafe and Shop in what was the original boiler house with ample parking and grounds to sit and enjoy the views across the canal.

For full details of opening hours, entry prices, steaming schedules and location please click on the Visit Website and View on Map buttons at the top of this page.