Papplewick Pumping Station
Britain’s finest Victorian Waterworks
Do you dream of running a magnificent, steam driven beam engine?
Or may be you know someone whose ambition has always been to be at the levers of a Beam Engine or to stoke a Lancashire Boiler? If so, then our day programme ‘Experience Steam’ is just for you.
Learn the art of stoking an 1883 Lancashire boiler, acquire the skills to run one of our original James Watt beam engines, operate a colliery winding engine and enjoy a guided tour inside the Station's spectacular underground reservoir.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided and you will receive complimentary membership of the Papplewick Association, giving you free unlimited access to the Station’s open days and public steamings for a whole year.
Outline Programme & Timetable
The aim of the Workshop activities is to afford you the opportunity to enjoy a unique hands-on experience. All workshop activities are led by experienced volunteers and you are advised to wear comfortable old clothing and stout shoes (a boiler suit is recommended).
An Experience Steam day runs from 9am until 4pm with tuition given in small groups. Each group will work on a carousel basis to enable all participants to cover the three main workshop activities and enjoy the broadest range of experience possible on the day.
Participants must be over 18 years of age and moderately fit to take part.
Please note that we only allow a maximum of 10 people to participate per Experience Steam day so early booking is essential. Experience Steam workshops for the 2013 season are fully booked.
The Day’s Timetable
Actual timings may vary slightly on the day
Friends and Family
One friend or family member of the participant is welcome too and can photograph or video the days proceedings. Please note there is a small charge should they wish to join you for lunch.
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