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Report - Dalton Pumping Station - November 2011


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Visited with HappyShopper - we hit this place at about 1am on Sunday morning, had a close call with the Old Bill (driving past) We entered, made our way to the pump house and crashed down for the night.

First light came, that dank grey overcast sky killed any plans for some nice morning light streaming through so we just cracked on, then plan being to get out before the locals woke up.

History nicked from Cat, Mill and Wiki :thumb

The engine house contains a pair of 72" single-acting non-rotative Cornish beam engines by Davy Bros of Sheffield, dating from the 1870s when the complex was built. (Pumping engines of this period were more often of a double-acting rotative design (as seen at nearby Ryhope); the use of Cornish engines here seems to be due to the great depth of the well - some 450 feet.) The site suffered for many years from subsidence due to nearby mine workings; this in part led to the engines being decommissioned in the 1940s, and to the demolition in the 1960s of the striking campanile-like top section of the central tower/chimney.Constructed in the 1870s, and closed in 1946, Dalton Pumping Station contanis two 72â€￾ single-acting non-rotative Cornish beam engines - which were powered by super-heated steam. They were designed to pump water from 450ft. below ground. The station was purchased in 1996 and the engines were refurbished.










Massive thanks to HS for being the planner, driver and partner for the weekend, and for all previous reporters, this place was beautiful and a pleasure to photograph, definitely the highlight of the weekend :thumb
For the record, we made no mess and took all our rubbish out with us.

Thanks for having a look ;)


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