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Full steam ahead for vintage vehicles at museum event

Published on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Beam engine

VEHICLES from days gone by will be taking centre stage at Leicester’s Abbey Pumping Station later this month.

The museum’s annual Urban Steam Festival will bring together vintage vehicles, old road rollers and steam traction engines for a weekend of nostalgia on June 23-24.

The pumping station’s magnificent Gimson beam engines will be in steam, its narrow gauge railway will be offering train rides, and visitors will be able to enjoy a bag of chips from a coal-fired 1930s fish and chip van.

There will be live music, demonstrations of rural crafts, and a chance to shop for handmade gifts in the craft tent.

Abbey Pumping Station’s Urban Steam Festival takes place on Saturday 23 June and Sunday 24 June.

Opening hours are 1pm to 5pm on the Saturday, and 12noon to 5pm on the Sunday.

Admission is £3.50 for adults, with no charge for children. A small charge will be made for rides on the narrow gauge steam railway.

Refreshments will be available in the café, and picnic tables are provided for visitors who want to bring their own food and drink.

More information about the Abbey Pumping Station is available at