| May/June 1977


Denis W. Brandt, who arranged for Mrs. Lestz and myself to visit the Brighton & Hove Engineerium, is a steam collector and restorer living in London. He has served the National Traction Engine Club as Public Relations Officer and Rally Sub-Committee Chairman. On our trip to London in 1975, he drove us in his handsomely restored steam lorry through the heart of London, pulling to the curb in busy Trafalgar Square and answering all sorts of questions from curious passers-by. We appreciate his many kindnesses. Gerald S. Lestz

The Brighton & Hove Engineerium, located in the former Goldstone Pumping Station buildings, is an unusual British institution which tells the story of steam through huge engines, models, and classes in engineering history. We visited it on a drizzly English day with Denis W. Brandt, who is active in the National Traction Engine Club and fully into steam preservation.

In the massive brick engine houses are two Easton and Anderson two-pillar, house built compound beam engines of 1866 and 1875.

Design and workmanship are superb. The engines are several stories high. The 1875 engine has been fully restored and is regularly steamed up weekends using the original Lancashire boilers.

Jonathan Minns, the founder of the Brighton & Hove project, emphasizes its use for instruction in the history and application of steam for industrial purposes. He sees the Engineerium as not only a unique industrial archaeological monument, but also as a center for developing more persons fully familiar with steam.

'People come to us in six-week courses,' he says. 'We provide intensely practical instruction in the history of engineering, both through the process of restoration and running of plants and machinery.