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Volunteers' gong

PUBLISHED: 15:49 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 25 August 2010

VOLUNTEERS who restored a landmark in Victorian engineering received a prestigious award.

VOLUNTEERS who restored a landmark in Victorian engineering received a prestigious award.

Crossness Engines Trust members received a heritage award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for restoring the 144-year-old Prince Consort Engine, last Tuesday.

Volunteers ranging from mechanics to artists have restored the steam engine, based in Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, have worked on the project since 1987.

The pumping station, a cornerstone in a plan to provide London with an up-to-date sewerage system in the late 1800s, also had its detailed cast iron decorations restored.

This year there will be three open days when the engines will be operational, in April, June and August.

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