What is there to see? What
else is on the site ? When are we
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 reasons.
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 at www.dynamike.net
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
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org