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200-year-old steam-driven beam engines and pumps

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Come and visit the oldest working steam engines in the world still performing the job they were built to do!  2015 opening times for the engines (static) and café will be announced here soon. The dates of our  special steaming weekends are confirmed, though. There are two beam engines, one of which is an original 200-year-old Boulton & Watt. Both are fed by a hand-stoked, coal-fired Lancashire boiler. These are magnificent pieces of industrial archaeology appealing both to families and steam enthusiasts. Linger in our distinguished Engineman’s Rest Café and gift shop or treat yourself to a picnic in the grounds overlooking the Kennet & Avon Canal.The engine house is set in unspoiled Wiltshire countryside close to the old market town of Marlborough.  Click here for opening times & entry prices.

Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW. Tel: 01672 870300  

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Some of our Volunteers

Canal & Pumping Station

Steaming Day

Rural Location

Oil Cup for Steam Cylinder

Click here to see an aerial film of Crofton and the canal

Accompanied under 16s are free.

We welcome group bookings; also we can arrange  Private Steamings and “Steam Experience” days for individuals.

For more details on all these, click here


Job Vacancies

We have two staff vacancies at Crofton. Please click below for more information:


Café Manager

Site Manager

Steam Experience Flyer Web.pdf