Thursday, 5 May 2011

Steam trains come to Crossness!

An explosive piece of local history is moving to the Crossness Engines Trust.  The steam engine The Woolwich has been very kindly loaned to the Crossness Trust for a period of seven years to restore to its former glory.

The locomotive was originally a working part of the Royal Arsenal site, the 1,300 acre ammunition factory formerly adjacent to the Crossness Pumping Station.  The engine is currently owned by the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey.

In the future, the 'Crossness Experience' will begin the second the visitor steps onto the platform, with the sights and smells of the steam train transporting visitors directly to the colossal beam engines next to the Thames. 

The steam engine will take several years to restore, but in the meantime, visitors can follow the progress by visiting Crossness or can really get their hands dirty by joining the Trust. 

Watch this blog for the project diary, related links, articles and full colour photographs.

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