Crofton Pumping Station

Base size : 25 x 17cm

Scale 1:160

25 component parts

four full colour A4 pages

Price £5.00 plus P&P

Crofton is a delightful and fascinating example of a very fine piece of well preserved Industrial Heritage. The building lies in beautiful rolling countryside on the Kennet & Avon Canal, between Hungerford and Marlborough. Built nearly 200 years ago, its function was to raise water 40 feet to a high point in the canal. It houses two wonderfully preserved Cornish Beam Engines. The oldest is a Boulton & Watt, installed in 1812, which stands alongside a Harvey engine of 1846. The Boulton & Watt engine is the oldest working beam engine in the world still in its original engine house and still capable of performing the task for which it was installed. An enthusiastic voluntary team of engineers maintain the engines and run them regularly under steam during the summer months. (Details on their web site www.croftonbeamengines.org ). I can confirm that itís a very exciting spectacle, having been privileged to experience the sights and sounds and smells and vibrations of the engines being started and run.

The building stands on a steeply sloping site, making it necessary to build up the baseboard to show the gradient. This makes it a little difficult to assemble, but otherwise quite straightforward.

This is what one ton of water looks like, this amount being discharged by each engine at each stroke, every six seconds.

photograph by courtesy of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust