And so down into the basement….
Well actually it’s not really a basement as such. Four triple expansion compound steam engines were installed into a new building adjacent to the original one in 1897 to provide additional pumping capacity, but these were removed not long after in 1913 and replaced with Crossley diesels.The diesel engines were installed below the original floor level of the triple expansion engines in what amounts to a huge pit.
And so ended my brief time as a professional photographer! It was 4.00 on Friday afternon and I was south east of London on the banks of the Thames, watching ocean going ships going up the river – along way from the sun drenched lowlands of Chorley where I live. Time to battle my way through London to Euston – the gateway t’north.
One of the large diesel engines. The huge pipe to the right is a sewage pipe.
A sewage pump, made by Gwynnes, a long defunct London engineering company.
Can’t remember exactly what this was, but it was manufactured by Alldays and Onions of Birmingham.
I saw this as being a big rusty industrial elephant – can you see the two eyes above the ‘trunk’?
The internet doesn’t know much about the Light Production Company, alas.
Down in the pit
Panoramic view of the giant sewage pipe.
A rather old Health & Safety sign.