The Kempton Great Engines Trust: 2008
(Incidentally, how do we get National Monument status for the Grumpy Old Gits?)
We arrived in good time
This is what we came to see
Inside the National Monument, you are in for a BIG surprise. There are TWO of these monsters;
This one is in working order and the other is being refurbished - for detailed view
Steam feed goes to HP cylinder first on right, then MP cylinder, then to large LP cylinder on left
Well, see the big Sir William Prescott thing? After it had been working for a few years,
its function was taken over by that small turbine thing at front of shot. That's Progress!
We all went right to the top of one of the engines (62 feet up!)
and the kind man took our photo. Don't we look pleased with ourselves?
The whole of the building and all the equipment inside have been wonderfully restored
This salvaged part has been turned into a decorative lampost
We didn't notice anything untoward but Minkey, ever attentive and resourceful,
shut this valve off just in time to save the whole pumping station from total disaster
Here we all are
The dials seem to be showing that everything is now in order after Minkey's heroic valve-shutting
62 feet high, weighing more than 1000tons, this engine produced 1008 horsepower
and, from1928 until 1980, pumped 19 million gallons of drinking water every day
It is the biggest Triple in steam in the world - Each of those two flywheels weighs 32 tons
What a monster!
To see the Monster running, click the picture (4.6MB video)