Don’t miss last open day event at Dogdyke engine

Dogdyke Pumping Station's historic deisel engine from the 1940s.
Dogdyke Pumping Station's historic deisel engine from the 1940s.

Visitors can get close to a piece of engineering history when the Dogdyke Pumping Station near Tattershall operates for the last time this year.

The event is on Sunday, October 5, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. There is the opportunity to see the only working steam operated beam drainage engine to survive.

The locally made Ruston and Hornsby diesel engine that took over pumping duties in 1940 will also be on show. Publicity officer Chris Page said: “Dating from 1856 the beam engine powers a wooden scoop wheel that once drained the land around Tattershall. It was built by the Wakefield engineers, Bradley and Craven - the only example of their engines still in existence.

“Working alongside this engine is the Lincoln built, 40 horse power, Ruston and Hornsby single cylinder diesel engine which operates a large centrifugal pump.”

Admission to the site is free, but donations are welcome. The site is operated by a team of volunteers, who will explain the history and operation of the machinery.

and would also welcome anyone interested in joining.

The engines are via Bridge Farm, east of Tattershall Bridge on the A153 Sleaford to Horncastle road.