Internal Fire Museum of Power
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The collection includes early oil engines, and later gas turbines, but the main focus is on diesel power spanning the 1920s to the 1960s. This is not a static display of old machinery! Engines are exhibited and run as close as possible to the way they would have looked, sounded, and smelled while in service. Most major British manufacturers are represented, among them Belliss & Morcom, Tangye, Petter, and Ruston & Hornsby.
The core of the collection is stationary diesel engines, including a 1912 Sulzer single cylinder Air-blast injection engine, the oldest working diesel engine in Britain. Another unique relic is the only surviving model of a Petter team engine.
Then there is a 'Pocket Power Station', powered by a Proteus gas turbine engine. Made by Bristol Siddeley (later Rolls Royce), the Proteus is the only operating set on display in the world. It was launched in 1959 and was made to be controlled over a telephone line. This unique capability made it the forerunner of unmanned power stations.
Another highlight is a 1903 J & E Wood 500hp tandem compound engine. Even older is an 1879 John Penn twin cylinder oscillating engine used for driving a paddle steamer. Foreign engines are represented as well; one of the latter is a Worthington-Simpson two-stroke diesel, the very first solid injection diesel constructed in the US.
There is also an Exchange Building containing working Strowger telephone exchanges and switchboards for visitors to use along with a growing Radio Room display.
The museum is open from Easter to the end of October, other times by arrangement and special events listed on the museum website.
About Internal Fire Museum of Power
Address: Castell Pridd, Tanygroes, Ceredigion, Wales, SA43 2JS
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: 8 miles north of Cardigan just off the A487
Website: Internal Fire Museum of Power
Phone: 01239 811 212
OS: SN293 497
Photo Credit: Internal Fire Museum of Power, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Pant-yr-Holiad - 2.7 miles (Garden)
National Coracle Centre, Cenarth Falls - 5.3 miles (Museum)
Cenarth, St Llawddog's Church - 5.3 miles (Historic Church)
Newcastle Emlyn Castle - 5.7 miles (Castle)
Cilgerran Castle - 7.3 miles (Castle)
West Wales Museum of Childhood - 7.5 miles (Museum)
Cardigan Castle - 7.6 miles (Castle)
Ffynone Mansion - 7.6 miles (Historic House)
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