Steam 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.
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.
Narrow gauge railway lines were used by many industries for moving heavy materials around. Whether it was quarrying stone or winning clay such as at Bursledon these flexible little railways were worth their weight in gold. Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust operate a narrow gauge railway at the Brickworks. There is a mineral line display which shows the kinds of rolling stock once used.
Once a month on our steam-up days they run the trains. This includes a passenger railway and a miniature railway both of which offer rides. There is a small charge for this which covers their costs. If the weather is too bad then sadly the trains can’t run. Life goes on inside the museum though.