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The Boiler House, Papplewick Pumping Station

By spikemoz
We have now moved on into the Boiler House at Papplewick Pumping Station near Nottingham. Even a location with the potential for dirt as this, was built and maintained to an exceptionally high standard of quality and cleanliness.

This shot is looking along the fronts of the six Lancashire boilers which were needed to keep the engines supplied with sufficient steam when they were working at maximum power. The Boiler House door in my last upload can be seen on the right.

Today, the engines have been disconnected from their pump rods and therefore are not working under load, so they only need one boiler working to keep them rotating. The Lancashire is a classic British boiler design which was built and shipped in their thousands all over the world. There are two large diameter fire tubes which are surrounded by boiler water, the hot gasses from it are then passed back through a tunnel under the boiler to the front, where they are turned left and right and go back along the sides of the boiler to the other end again where they then pass into a manifold which then goes underground to the large chimney some distance away. The bottom half of the boiler is not insulated, so the hot gasses are in contact with the metal of the boiler and therefore heat from the gas is conducted into the boiler water. The top half of the boiler is thermally insulated.

The fireman (Stoker in the Navy) is shovelling coal onto the fire grate which extends for approximately three metres into the firetube.

Two very accomplished retired engineers discussing the finer points of the Lancashire Boiler. The steps at the back are to gain access to the top of the boilers and the Engine House.

V5 & V6
These shots are of two of the adjustable steam safety valves located on top of the boiler. They were adjusted by sliding the weights along the levers which held the valve down onto it's seat.

V7 & V8
At the rear of the boilers are the main steam manifolds and the boiler isolation valves. The two pipes going through the wall are the steam delivery pipes to the engines, which are through the door behind the lady. The chain wheels are part of the mechanisim which closes off each of the boiler flues from the main hot gas manifold to the chimney, when the boilers are out of use.


Tags: General Architecture Portraits and people

Voters: Sus, imagio, gary_d and 20 more

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imagio 14 12 1 England
30 Mar 2009 12:40AM
Excellent series with excellent write up Spike

Lou_Pink 12 4 6 Northern Ireland
30 Mar 2009 1:52AM
Fabulous series, and thankyou for the very insightful write up. Great job!

30 Mar 2009 8:14AM
Very good series, well done.


30 Mar 2009 8:55AM
I've never actually been in one of these places Spike. Your write up is very educational and interesting. In V3 I note how high the firehole door is. The stokers would have muscles like Popeye. Imagine what it would have been like on board ship when it's rockin & rollin all over the place. A small door, that high and 3m to the back.
gregl 16 19 1 England
30 Mar 2009 9:52AM
Thanks for the series and all the information. It must take a huge effort to keep it clean and operational.
30 Mar 2009 10:47AM
Another great series, I really must try to get over there to have a look myself.
Great work.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
30 Mar 2009 10:49AM
nice group of shots
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2009 2:38PM
You have done your homework on these makes for interesting reading, seen a popular place to visit too

nice set

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