Sound Gallery

Coleham Pumping Station

Run by enthusiasts, the Coleham Pumping Station houses two working steam powered 'beam' engines that once pumped the sewage in the Shrewsbury area. It has public openings on specific days across the year and I arrived at one of these expecting to hear the loud clunking of gears and machinery with steam belching out of every available door and window within the main building. It turns out that it is virtually silent so the recordings here are simply what was achievable with a pair of contact mics on key locations including some smaller steam machinery on display at the back of the building.