Restored steam engine finally complete at Low Head museum

STEAM ENGINE: The unveiling of the restored steam engine will take place on Friday, February 26. Picture: Supplied
STEAM ENGINE: The unveiling of the restored steam engine will take place on Friday, February 26. Picture: Supplied

A restored 1916 steam engine will be unveiled at the Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum. 

The engine was originally a part of the Ponrabbel II – a dredging boat that operated from the 1920s to the 1970s on the Tamar River.

The Ponrabbel II would travel up and down the Tamar River clearing the silt and rocks from the river bed.

Museum support group member Don Heather helped restore the engine over the past five years. 

Mr Heather worked on the Ponrabbel II in the 1960s, shovelling coal to power the steam engine. 

Mr Heather will address the crowd at the unveiling of the engine on Monday, February 26, at 5.30pm. 

For more information, contact museum@lowhead.com.