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Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam

Dogdyke Steam Drainage Station

Bradley and Craven 1855 steam engine
Bradley and Craven 1855 steam engine
The engine house (steam on the R, diesel on the L
The engine house (steam on the R, diesel on the L
The Ruston 7XHR diesel engine and Gwynnes pump
The Ruston 7XHR diesel engine and Gwynnes pump
Undated watercolour by Boston artist W B Thomas depicting the pumping station.
Undated watercolour by Boston artist W B Thomas depicting the pumping station.
The Scoop Wheel land drainage pump.
The Scoop Wheel land drainage pump.
Boiler by Wm Foster, Lincoln, 1909
Boiler by Wm Foster, Lincoln, 1909

Steaming 1856 beam engine driving a scoop wheel land drainage pump. Also working 1940 Ruston 7XHR diesel with Gwynnes centrifugal pump.

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Operator

Dogdyke Pumping Station Preservation Trust

Address

Bridge Farm off A153, East of Tattershall Bridge Tattershall Lincolnshire LN4 4JG

  • 01522 683 755
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Open days

5 May, 2 Jun, 6-7 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 & 14 Sep, 6 Oct (1200-1630). Evening openings: 17 Jul, 15 Aug (1700-2000).

Travel

By Bus: Road Car 5

By Rail: Ruskington / 9 miles

The steam engine was built in 1856 to replace an existing wind pump to drain a large area of farmland between the rivers Bain and Witham. The engine is the original, external condensing beam-engine built by Bradley & Craven of Wakefield. It is the only surviving engine by this builder and is possibly the oldest steam-driven scoop wheel land drainage pumping set in the country that is still in steam and in its original position. This is a 16hp steam engine driving a 24ft (7.3m) diameter scoop wheel with wooden floats that can lift 25 tons (22.7tonnes) of water. It once lifted water from the lower drain into the River Witham, but now the water is channelled back into the drain.

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