Steam, Road and Rail
All the machinery at the brickworks was run by steam and most of it still does. We have four static steam engines, two run the large machinery, one is a small water pump for the old boliers and one runs a small pugmill in the country brickworks display.
Once a month we aim to power them all up. Seeing and hearing the old machinery in action is one of the highlights of a visit. This does depend on sufficient manpower being available but it isn’t hard to find volunteers to run steam engines.
South Hants Historic Steam and Engineering Society
We also have a resident steam society on site, South Hampshire Historic Steam and Engineering Society. Twice a year they steam up all their engines and bring them out on display offering trailer rides. We can usually expect one or more turning up for our regular monthly events as well.
Southampton and District Transport and Heritage Trust
Southampton and District Transport and Heritage Trust are also residents on site. They have approximately twenty vehicles that they look after of all ages. The buses are mainly from Southampton and the local area. With a membership of over eighty they enjoy all kinds of activities and their buses can be seen at lots of local events including ours. More details can be found on their website: http://www.sadtht.co.uk/
Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust have been running the trains on the site for many years. Sadly they are leaving early in 2020. From 1st March the museum will be taking over responsibility for the trains. Luckily we own all the track, at least one shunter and a fair amount of rolling stock. The miniature train will be staying behind and the team of volunteers who run it are going to be part of us. Lots of ideas - watch this space to find out more.