here for the International Stationary Steam Index
here for the Surviving Steam Road Engine Index
Some time ago, Frederick Crammond uploaded a list of links to
stationary steam museums in mainland Europe. Some of the links no doubt will
have perished but it is a very good working list for anyone wanting to explore:
(site infected with malware by 25th October 2016,
A very helpful site which includes
listings in museums is:
John Raby reports (24th June 2005) "You may both be interested in an item on BBC East Midlands Today on 20th
June. 'The biggest island of Azores has a tea plantation 100% equipped by Marshall's of Gainsborough with the last equipment provided in the 1940s.'
The brief shots showed steam age equipment including a stationary engine/traction engine but I wasn't able to confirm steam boiler/engine driving the plant.
See also http://www.greentea.net/tea_process.html (link is dead by 9th October
2014) for background information.
James Waite now confirms that Marshall equipment is present in
both tea factories on the island but the only stationary steam engine kit is a
disused Marshall portable steam engine (9th October 2014)..
Kevin Hoggett reports that there have been two
steam pumps working in the port of Zeebrugge right under his nose for many
years, but not for much longer. Read his illustrated
report (6th March 2009).
Thomas Kautzor has sent some nice pictures of preserved
stationary steam at the Bakkersmolen Steam Museum
and Stoomcentrum Maldegem (originally 30th
September 2013, the latter updated 20th October 2013). In
the first case further information about the engines would
Kevin Hoggett tells me that there is an active
1894 Bollinckx single cylinder horizontal engine at the paper mill and former
cardboard factory at Herisem which is run from time to time. The
photograph is courtesy of Stijn Vandenbranden, their website is
(all this 21st October 2013, link dead by 25th October 2016).
Marc Stegeman tells me of the former De Wulf flour mill in
Bruges with an inactive preserved VanDenKerchove
stationary steam engine - http://www.industrialheritage.eu/EYCH2018/March/steam-engine-Brugge
Marc adds that at Jabeke-Zerkegem, "Hellegatshoeve", there is another VanDenKerchove
engine preserved although this is not its original site. It is run on compressed air
now. See http://industrialheritage.eu/EYCH2018/March/steam-engine-Hellegathoeve-Zerkegem
and www.hellegathoeve.be although I
couldn't see a mention of the engine on the latter. He also says there are at
least half a dozen other sites in northern Belgium, one is a Phoenix steam engine in the former flax company Sabbe in Kuurne
(All this paragraph 25th October 2019.)
Kevin Hoggett reports that the ZOS Ceske Velenice railway works in the Czech Republic (one mile from the Austrian border at
Gmund) has a blacksmith's shop with 4 working steam hammers (updated 25th
August 2006). Click
here for an account and some pictures.
Chris Capewell spotted a duplex pump at Lavassare Peat
Railway Museum. The plate appears to be in Cyrillic and all I can work out is
a probable builder's date of 1957 (6th
DLM (Winterthur) - http://www.dlm-ag.ch
- are best known for their work on 'Modern Steam Locomotive Design). However,
they have now put back into commission a 1954 'Lokomobil' which is what I
would call an over-boiler stationary steam engine. It works at the Elztäler mineral
works in Elzach, in the Black Forest of Germany, using woodchips and Chinese
reeds as fuel. Power in excess of internal needs is fed into the local
electrical grid (25th February 2012). Compared to
its 'as built' state it seems not many modifications have been made beyond
improving stream flow beyond boiler and engine and improved insulation. I
assume it benefits from a programme to encourage CO2 neutral power generation
and it's maybe surprising there are not more such examples.
The loss of the link to Richard Hingley's report made a bit
of a mess of this section, now Christoph Oboth has sent me up-to-date news of
stationary engines in Germany (18th May 2012):
"Two active shaft winding engines are still in use at Ibbenbüren and Ensdorf mines
in Saarland - both with steam and not converted to compressed air. The last ones
in the Ruhr were withdrawn in 2008 when the two steam supply at Fürst Leopold-Mine in Dorsten had been cut down.
Although the major part of the site had been demolished since then, the steam engines had been preserved and will be opened
to the public from time to time. Another two engines have been preserved at Auguste-Victoria mine shaft 1/2 in Marl. These engines
were in use up to 2005, but had been converted to run on compressed air.
These pictures shows the Dingler engines at Ensdorf:
This is the Buckau engine at Ibbenbüren:
The Fuerst Leopold engines in the Ruhr:
Christoph continues (16th June 2012)
Bergmannsglück mine at Gelsenkirchen-Hassel closed down in 1961 and was reused as a branch from Westerholt mine up to the early 1980ies. The mine headgears and the washing plant has been demolished since then, but for some unknown reasons one of the steam driven shaft winding engines survived on its original site up to the present. A miracle! During the last 30 years, there was absolutely no public access, but now it will be opened to public on june 30th this year - as part of "Extraschicht" (a special event when most the heritage sites all over the Ruhr will be opened for the entire night).
The future of the engine is uncertain, for most of the remaining buildings will be demolished soon. As long there is no investor, there is a current danger of destruction.
The engines are Eisenhütte Prinz Rudolph, Dülmen, No.847/1911.
The following is what had appeared previously on this page:
You don't have to travel to the third world to see working stationary steam engines.
See Richard Hingley's report from August/September 2002 -
(link is dead).
Alan Murray-Rust adds of his September 2005 visit (which was
to "Schacht Gustav 2, Velsen, Saarland"):
"The Dingler engine
shown remains operable, albeit using compressed air rather than steam. I found
it virtually by accident – I was chasing mine headgear rather than anything
else, but recognised the location when I got there as one that I recalled
having a reference to steam engines. By good fortune the engineman was just
going on duty as I arrived at the site, and was more than happy to show me
round the engine and even run it for me.
engine referred to in Richard Hingley’s report, at the Ensdorf pit, is still
working as described."
Chris Capewell has sent me some
pictures of preserved items which crossed his path while on a rail
orientated visit to the country (30th September 2013).
||Chris Hodrien tells me that in Trieste
there is a preserved hydraulic pumping station with its four engines. They are each inverted vertical 3-cylinder compound engines, three built in 1891 and one (confusingly No II engine) built in 1904, all made by Breitfeld & Danek, Prague. The engines were built to the designs of Sir William Armstrong of Newcastle.
The museum website is https://www.museitrieste.it/musei/scheda/91
and the image is by Dave Collier (added 25th October 2019).
Not working steam, but Torsten Schneider turned up a
preserved Ruston Proctor portable, which must have been lost from sight for a
long time (2nd April 2007). Click
here to see it.
Chris Capewell spotted what must be a very rare Pluentsch
stationary engine in the agricultural museum at Talsi. For some (bare)
information on the company see http://www.albert-gieseler.de/dampf_de/firmen0/firmadet2677.shtml
(6th October 2018).
Chris Capewell spotted this water pump at Vilnius
Station Museum (6th October 2018). From the
attached notice, I can work out it is a compound built in 1911, if you are
in a position to translate it properly, please get in touch.
John Raby visited a sugar mill here in January 2007 which
is part of the local rum industry, read his report
(2 more pictures, 27th January 2007), which includes some extra photographs culled from the
web. Fabulous stuff! I have now added a short update
to include a preserved mill engine (27th October 2013). Dave Collier has
provided a 2015 update (1st January 2016).
Not working by any means, but these fascinating survivors
were spotted by Mike Dale (added 3rd August 2007).
A nearby boiler is marked as being from Clarke Chapman of Gateshead, UK and
they may be from the same company. Chris Allen believes the steam winches were
once used by the whaling industry which had a base on this island until 1981
(there is a whaling museum - Museu da Baleiaat - at Caniçal). Martin Green (31st August
2007) has sent me a close up which confirms that the winches are also
from Clarke Chapman. Accepted opinion is that the current disposition dates
from their mounting for exhibition and bears no relation to their original use. Andrew Hancock
confirms that they were still in place in May 2010 - near central Funchal in the hotel zone next to a marine research institute
- and that there are actually
four winches, his are the second two pictures (8th June
2010). Steve Lord has been there and reports that the large walled structure
was formerly a coal bunker, his is the picture of the Clarke Chapman boiler (15th
To quote from the website http://www.panorama360.es/woudagemaal/
"The steam age is over. But in Lemmer the ir.D.F.Woudagemaal as this monument is officially known, is the only steam-driven pumping engine in the world that still serves its original purpose.
Built during World War One and opened in 1920, the impressive, monumental pumping-station holds its own for draining excess water. On these occasions the sleeping giant is revived for a few days to do its much-needed duty.
It has a capacity of 2520 H.P. and a capacity of 4000m³ water per minute, this is approximately the volume of the machine hall!. Per day approximately 6 million m³ water can be pumped.
Since 1998 the Woudagemaal has a place on UNESCO's World heritage list. Historical machines and buildings like this keep the memory of the former times alive. And the people who run the station and explain its workings to visitors, with much
courtesy, make us feel a part of those times." More information (in
Dutch) on the operational days is on the main website http://www.woudagemaal.nl/. Filippo
Ricci visited in May 2014 and you can read his
illustrated report (31st August 2014)..
Thomas Kautzor reports on a
stationary steam engine at the Netherlands Open Air Museum, perhaps an
unlikely location (30th September 2013).
Thomas Kautzor reports on the Veenpark
(Peat Park) at Barger-Compascum which has several stationary engines
including a Garrett portable which gives occasional demonstrations of Peat
extraction (30th September 2013).
Chris Hodrien (4th February 2010)
has sent me a list of websites for the country, these are (mainly) for
The exhibits in the Zuiderzee Museum
include a stationary steam engine which was used in a laundry together with
its boiler, (10hp @120rpm Bayer type engine
built in 1894 by Bakker of Rotterdam,
single cylinder). Picture and information are courtesy of Phil Barnes (4th
Marc Stegeman tells me of a relatively new 'museum' about 1km
from the town of Dronten, somewhere between Lelystad and Kampen (or Zwolle, if
you wish). The MEC (which stands for Mechanisch Erfgoed Centrum) is a site for
all kinds of mechanical heritage items and the third weekend of the month is a
steam day. This site has enormous halls which host the collections of several
former technical museums that were discontinued. It is privately owned and a bit
of a mess, but interesting nevertheless to see all this old stuff. As well as
stationary steam engines, there are steam rollers, a portable engine, a centre
engine for gallopers and a rail steam crane. The website is https://mecmuseum.nl/
(added 25th October 2019) and the steam machines are listed here https://mecmuseum.nl/stoommachines/stoommachines/,
sadly the site is not easily accessed by public transport..
One of my friends was planning a visit to Spitzbergern, which boasts the
most northerly steam locomotive in the world at Ny-Alesund (78.56N). This
prompted me to do a little web searching which threw up Colin Billington's trip
there (see http://www.billogs.com/cb/spitzberegen.htm link dead by April 2015)
which included the remains of both a stationary steam engine and a Taylor and
Hubbard steam crane at Ny London (78.50N) across the water (11th July 2008).
Since then I have added more pictures
of the crane in another section of this site.
The Polish National Museum of Agriculture and Agro-Food Industry (http://www.muzeum-szreniawa.pl/?q=en/node/155) in
Szreniawa, just SW of Poznan on the road to Wolsztyn
contains an amazing collection of old steam powered machinery. Read Thomas
Kautzor's picture report (8th June 2012)
Not totally 'real' but of interest from a country where
stationary engines are not well known, Christoph Oboth reports (18th
"There is a newly formed touristic route of technical monuments in
Upper Silesia. There are at least three sites being involved with stationary steam:
Krolova Luiza mine at Zabrze (shaft winding engine, shown in working condition in steam due to a large
power plant in the near neighbourhood).
Ignacy mine at Rydultowy (shaft winding engine out of use), access only by
Zawada water pumping station at Karchowice (a huge plant packed with lots of steam engines
of all sizes; the site is still in use but converted to electric, the steam engines are still in situ and preserved). Karchowice situated is on the Pyskowice - Bytom main road.
When Harvey Smith worked on Sakhalin Island in the Far East, he found the
remains of assumed Japanese built stationary engines - see his
report which includes a picture.
Harvey also reports that there are two British portable engines preserved
at the Technical Museum Vadima Zadorojnogo, Moscow
(24th July 2013), one is a Ruston.
I have now added a page of surviving portables
in the former Soviet Union (14th August 2014).
I have now added a page of surviving
portables in the former Soviet Union which includes examples in
Ukraine. (14th August 2014).