Crofton Beam Engines is one of a handful of sites in England which still runs its stationary beam engines on steam and still performs its original function in its original location. Built over 200 years ago it keeps the top levels of the Kennet and Avon Canal supplied with water.
The two engines and engine house are maintained by the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and run by dedicated volunteers bringing a wide range of skills to keep Crofton steaming. Although entry charges meet many of their day-to-day costs, the Charity needs to fundraise to meet the cost of major repairs and projects.
The boiler at Crofton is inspected annually to make sure that it is safe to operate. A full survey was undertaken in May 2021 to identify all the work likely to be needed to enable the boiler to continue in operation for the next ten years. If the Charity is to keep the engines in steam during 2022 and beyond, then essential maintenance is needed on the boiler this winter. This will cost around £30,000 and should secure the future of the boiler for a decade. With the impact of COVID still being felt, the charity has launched an appeal to help raise these funds.
For details on how to donate follow the link here: https://www.croftonbeamengines.org/boiler-appeal-2021/