59004 Crofton 24 July 2008

59004 Paul A Hammond is pictured near Crofton with the 6A74 09:22 Whatley to Theale Hanson stone train on 24 July 2008. The Crofton Pumping Station and its tall brick chimney can be seen in the distance. Built to supply water to the Kennet & Avon Canal, it houses two magnificent Cornish beam engines, one of which (an 1812 Boulton and Watt) is the oldest working beam engine in the world still in its original engine house and capable of actually doing the job for which it was installed.