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Ian Bull

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29-07-2011 04:27 AM

Hullo everyone,

Is there anyone out there interested in Industrial Archaeology, Architecture, Engineering or, Railways? Would you play a part in one of two important projects? (Or maybe both!)

Hoping that you click on some of the links within for videos etc., please see this url...

Then do an image search for Crossness pumping station...

Now I'll explain. Since 1865 almost all of South London's sewerage has gone to Crossness treatment works. Those works were equipped with the largest steam pumping engines in the World. The utterly exuberant interior of their 'House' is also World class, literally a Cathedral of iron. It closed in 1930 and since 1985 volunteers have devoted hundreds of thousands of hours to its restoration.

It is now probably the finest Victorian industrial building on the planet.

The pumping station was adjacent to another World class example of industry, the Royal Arsenal. This was the UKs largest factory, once with over 100,000 employees. Within it's two square there were 130 miles of railway, 70 of which had rails just 18 inches apart. The UK depended on those narrowly spaced rails for its defence and earlier this year the chance came to preserve and restore the last locomotives and rolling stock to have run on them.

Where to restore them? Crossness of course! The facilities are superb and the people are very friendly.

Would you like to play a part in these two splendidly important projects? If so, we're having an open day for new volunteers on Sunday 31st July. Our very approachable and friendly group offers a truly warm welcome irrespective of your experience or abilities. If you do volunteer you'll be genuinely amazed at what you see and what's already been accomplished.

It is essential though that you let us/me know in advance if you'd like to visit.

These are worthwhile tasks and, I assure you, the satisfaction of playing a part is considerable.

If you can't make the 31st, don't worry. You'll still get a job!

All the best

Ian Bull

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