Steamy event at Sunderland museum

Visitors enjoying the cars at the Ryhope Engines Museum.
Visitors enjoying the cars at the Ryhope Engines Museum.
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THINGS got steamy at Ryhope Engines Museum.

The historic venue threw open its doors for a steaming weekend combined with a craft fair.

Visitors watching the Blacksmith at the Ryhope Engines Museum steaming weekend.

Visitors watching the Blacksmith at the Ryhope Engines Museum steaming weekend.

It was a chance for visitors to see the mighty steam engines in action, which only happens a few times each year.

Volunteers showed people around the giant beam engines – which date back to 1868 – and hand-fired Lancashire boilers from 1908 at the industrial monument. The fair included stalls of local arts and crafts.

Ryhope Engines Museum is based on the Ryhope Pumping Station, which was built in 1868 to supply water to the Sunderland area.

The station ceased operation in 1967 – after 100 years of continuous use.

The museum is regarded as one of the finest industrial monuments in the North East, and is a Grade II listed building.