The workshop was of only limited size and capacity owing to the proximity of the Hatton Works which had full workshop capabilities and the workshop actually got used as a mess room by the workmen at the station.
Over the years we have collected machinery from various former Water Works. This machinery, including a pedestal driller and the lathe pictured, is all driven via belts and line shafting. This has meant that line shafting has had to be installed in the work shop in order that the machinery can be driven. The line shafting will in turn be driven by a small steam engine but sadly not under steam power. An electric motor is to be used to drive the steam engine.
The steam engine was formally installed at D. Cattell & Sons Ltd, Newcastle-under-Lyme and was built by the founder of the company in the late 1800ís The engine was going to be sold for scrap when the Trust decided to purchase it some years ago.
Also the Blacksmiths forge will be up and running next year and we are hoping to have demonstrations on some of our steaming days. Keep an eye on the what's on page for further details.