Flour Mill Open Days

Occasionally we have open days for local charities. On 1 July, 2021 we will have been in business for 25 years and anticipate some kind of event the following weekend.

Short introduction

Our location

The Flour Mill is a listed building which was converted to a railway workshop in 1995 - 1996, and used as such since 1996. The Flour Mill Ltd operates the business in the building undertaking work repairing and overhauling steam locomotives. As we are a workshop and not a steam centre or visitor attraction visits are strictly by appointment only.

Our projects

The oldest locomotive worked on to date is the National Railway Museum's LSWR Beattie well-tank of 1874, and the newest is our construction of a new replica of Stephenson's Rocket for the Science Museum in 2009. The largest locomotive overhauled so far is David Shepherd's 9F Black Prince and the smallest, apart from little Rocket, probably the Borrows duo of Wallsend Slipway No 3 and The King. The fastest loco must be City of Truro, for which we overhauled the boiler, and the slowest remains to be seen.

Our machinery

The Flour Mill has crane capacity of up to 45 tons, and (on loan from the NRM) a lathe for wheels of up to 6' 6" in diameter at widths of up to 7'. The workshop is 100' long and 40' wide, with 20' under the crane, and thus suitable for most heavy engineering work.

Our employees

The two men who started work on 1 July, 1996 are working at The Flour Mill today, one full time, one part-time, and two others have been there for over ten years, so the average age is creeping up. We are always looking for a young person interested in a career in repairing steam locomotives.