About the Steam with the Team
The most precious of all resources is water. Keeping it flowing is essential. Keeping it clean is even more essential. As the industrial revolution exploded, the steam-powered engine grew more substantial and more powerful and was used in many important ways. Moving water became a primary function of these massive steam engines.
In Leicestershire, the Abbey Pumping Station operated four giant Wolf Compound Beam Engines built by Gimson of Leicester in the 1890s for the pumping of water. Throughout the year, as part of the preservation efforts of these massive machines and to expose younger generations to the ingenuity of man, they steam up the engines for public display.
The Abbey Pumping Station is an active water pumping station still today and offers only these limited opportunities to view the massive steam-powered engines in action. On the 'Steam with the Team' days, one of the four engines are powered up, and the station is opened for the public to visit.
Abbey Pumping Station
The Abbey Pumping Station is part of the Leicestershire Museums Technology Association. The station offers a gallery that is free and open to the public year-round.
Entry To The Event
On steaming days, entry to the pump house to see the great engines in operation is £6, and each tour is limited in size. APS recommends pre-booking your tickets to reserve your place in a tour group. Tour times are 11 AM, 12:15 PM, 2 PM, and 3:15 PM. Each tour lasts about an hour. During the tour, the guides will answer your questions, point out little known information about the engines, and explain their purpose in greater detail.
Somewhere to Stay in Leicestershire
Leicestershire offers a plethora of exceptional places to stay. A 5-minute walk from the Leicester train station is Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel. The upscale Victorian hotel is near the Leicester Cathedral and 3-miles from the pumping station. On the edge of the city, just off the M1, is Travelodge Leicester Markfield. This kid-friendly budget minded hotel offers free parking and is smoke-free. For those with their own accommodation but needing a place to park it, the Thurcaston Road Caravan Site offers camping right on the edge of Leicester.
Getting To Corporation Road
Ride the train to the event. The Leicester train station is on the Cross-Country line. From the train station, it is a 4-minute walk to the Prebend Street bus stop where visitors catch the #54/#54A bus that will drop them at Corporate Road, a few minutes down the block to the pumping station. For driving, exit the M1 at exit 21A, but a good map or GPS device is strongly recommended as there are several twists and turns and six roundabouts.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Within the same complex as the Abbey Pumping Station is the National Space Museum. This interactive museum offers exhibits on those things outer space-related. Are you looking for a little nobility? The King Richard III Visitor Centre is a fascinating and modern museum exhibiting the relatively recent discoveries of the death and grave of King Richard III. To round out your steam weekend, add some smaller scale with a ride on the Abbey Park Miniature Railway or larger scale at the Great Central Railway.
Water is essential for life, and technology has been bringing more of it to men since the industrial revolution. Visit the Abbey Pumping Stations, Steam with the Team Day, and experience the immense power man has used in the endeavor to deliver safe and clean water to the people.
When is the next Steam with the Team?
The Steam with the Team is planned to take place at Corporation Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5PX, Saturday 25th April, 2020. This is a Model Railway Event.
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