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Tees Cottage Pumping Station Open Day on 7th Oct 2018
From 1849 Tees Cottage Pumping Station revolutionised water supply in Darlington and Teesside by offering cleaner, piped water to inhabitants who had previously relied on wells and rainwater tubs. Tees Cottage has Lancashire Boilers from 1902, a 1904 steam powered Beam Engine and a 1914 Gas engine. The engines pumped water from the River Tees, which was then filtered and supplied to the water company’s customers. Boilers and Beam engine are all still in operation and still pumping water from the River Tees although no longer supplying the town’s water but to the fountain, which represents the original supply. The electric pump house represents a further move forward in technology. The first two sets of motors and pumps were installed for river water and treated water pumping in 1926. The river units are vertical spindle, the motors and all electric systems are well above any flood levels and the pumps are housed below river level.
Rollers in Steam
Beam in Steam
Click the small pictures to see live steam