Illustrates aspects of water pumping. The two original Hawthorn beam engines of 1868, designed by Thomas Hawksley, have been restored and are steamed at frequent intervals. Steam is provided by hand fired Lancashire Boilers of 1908.
- Part disabled access
Ryhope Engines Trust
Waterworks Road Ryhope Sunderland Tyne & Wear SR2 0ND
Static: Sun Easter-Dec 1400-1700. Steaming Weekends five times a year, 1100-1600. See Events Diary for dates.
By Rail: Sunderland / 5 miles
The museum is based on the Ryhope Pumping Station which was built in 1868 to supply water to the Sunderland area. The station ceased operation in 1967 – after 100 years of continuous use.
It is now regarded as one of the finest industrial monuments in the North East of England, and is in a Grade II * Listed building. Although the station no longer pumps water, the two 100 horsepower beam engines are kept in working order by volunteer members of the Ryhope Engines Trust, and 'steamed' periodically for the benefit of our visitors.