Steam giants in action at Brede again

Steam Giant SUS-140428-105647001
Steam Giant SUS-140428-105647001

THERE will a chance to see giant steam engines in action at Brede Waterworks this weekend when two open days take place on Saturday and Monday.

The engines are housed in the old waterworks building in the Brede Valley and have been lovingly restored to working order by Brede Steam Engine Society.

It is a labour of love which has taken place over many years.

The magnificent triple expansion steam water pumping engines date from 1904 and 1940.

They were first used to pump water up from below the valley floor to supply the surrounding area and nearby Hastings.

The collection also comprises electrical and diesel pumping equipment as well as records from the old waterworks.

Brede Steam Engine Society hold open days throughout the year on the first Saturday of each month, and on bank holiday Mondays from 10am - 4pm.

They are happy to talk to people about the ongoing project and share a wealth of knowledge.

A Cold War nuclear bunker, next to the waterworks building, will also be open.

Admission to the open days is free.

Refreshments are available and there is adequate free parking.

John Foxley. From the Steam Engine Society, said: “Come along and enjoy the atmosphere of water pumping heritage engineering at its British best.”

He added: “We are always looking for new members with an interest in the water industry to join our ranks.”

Brede Waterworks is signposted from the A28 at the top of Brede Hill by St George’s Church.

For more information on the engines visit the website