Ryhope Engines Museum

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The Ryhope Engines 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.

The Museum is now regarded as one of the finest industrial monuments in the North East of England, and is in a Grade II (starred) 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.

In addition to the beam engines, built by R & W Hawthorn, are three 'Lancashire' boilers of 1908, two of which are in regular use, a blacksmith's forge, a waterwheel, numerous steam engines and pumps, waterworks accessories such as depth recorders, and many items concerned with the distribution and uses of water in home and industry - including pieces of wooden water pipe!

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Opening hours

Various steam days throughout the year. Please see website for details.

Admission charges

Dependent on exhibitions and events. Please see website for details.

Collection details

Archives, Science and Technology

Ryhope Engines Museum
Tyne and Wear

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0191 521 0235

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