What is there to see? What else
is on the site ? When are we open?
The pumping station is open several times
a year to the public on a limited basis
for a small charge. We must stress that
the Bratch site is privately owned, by Severn
Trent Water, and is a drinking water extraction
site, on which there are naturally many
restrictions, for hygiene, safety and security
With Severn Trent’s permission we
steam the engine about twice a year, with
a two-day steam gala in June, and a smaller
one day steaming between Christmas and New
Year. Photos of our recent steam galas can
be found in the Dynapix Photo Galleries
Steam is generated by using a diesel-fired
boiler, since the original Lancashire coal
fired boilers have been removed.
On our two open days, one of the two engines
is steamed, and access to the engine itself
is limited, for safety reasons, to around
twenty people at a time to visit the two
upper floors to examine the controls and
the cylinders and valve gear. You will be
very close to moving flywheels and other
machinery, which is hot and may be oily.
The engine is not too noisy and vibration
is also minimal, but enough to be impressive.
We rely on your common sense to avoid accidents,
and you must observe the directions and
advice of our Stewards at all times.
As a result of the limited access to the
engine, queuing inside and outside the building
is inevitable at busy times, and we rely
on your patience and good humour should
there be a delay. We keep the engine working
except for a lunch break, until everyone
has had an opportunity for an inspection.
The first hour of opening, up to about 11:00
am is usually fairly quiet. The busiest
time is between 2 and 3 in the afternoon.
Organised, pre arranged visits to the pumping
station can be arranged for corporate and
special interest groups. Depending on your
requirements, the engine can be available
for inspection with a personal tour with
the Chief Engineer, eg before or after your
conference or meeting, or as a special highlight,
daytime or evenings. Charges and conditions
We have a small conference room, formerly
the boiler house, modern, heated and with
an integral kitchen area with tea/coffee
facilities. The conference room is used
by local authorities, voluntary member groups
and business groups of up to 20/25 delegates.
There are ample modern toilets including
Unfortunately we cannot provide the food
for buffets, but we can put you in touch
with local caterers.
For bookings please contact the Secretary