Hundreds see engines at Crofton
4:00pm Sunday 7th October 2012 in News
More than 800 people visited Crofton Pumping Station at the weekend to see its two historic engines in action for the last time this year.
The 205-year-old pumping station was built at the summit of the 85-mile-long Kennet and Avon Canal to ensure it had a good water supply on either side. Its pair of engines pumped away until the canal fell into disuse in the 1940s.
The canal and the pumping station were restored and re-opened in 1970.
Today the job of maintaining the canal levels is largely carried out by electric pumps, although the historic engines were pressed into action two years ago when the electric pumps failed.
Other attractions at the event included a demonstration of ploughing by vintage tractors and displays of vintage vehicles.
Ramsbury Silver Band entertained and there was a display by Swindon Model Boat Club, Morris Dancers, shanty singers, Punch and Judy plus a barbecue and a bar selling real ales and ciders.