On our reopening day Saturday 1st August the engine will be running @ 2.00pm. We are hoping to run the engine for between 1-1.5 hours. Why not come along and bring the family to see the 3300Hp winding engine running. Make sure you come early with your cameras etc to get pictures and videos of this giant winding engine in action. We are running the engine on compressed air and due to Covid19 and social distancing requirements admission may be limited but the extended running time should allow visitors to see it.
The pit closed in 1970 and the engine was left to rust until taken over by the Red Rose steam Society in 1982 and after 30 years of work, finally got it back into working condition. We believe it is the largest steam winding engine still operational in Europe ( if not the world )
Bring the family and look round the museum. Explore the grounds to find out what the future plans for the site are. Talk to our volunteers.
It takes £ 50.00 of fuel to start up the compressors for the engine. Admission is free but the museum and site depends solely on Donations to meet the cost of running the engine.
There are donation boxes on site. Please consider donating whatever you can afford to help us keep the site running.