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A small group of adults and children viewed from behind, looking up at the River Don Steam Engine. A small group of adults and children viewed from behind, looking up at the River Don Steam Engine.

© Andy Brown

© Andy Brown

River Don Engine

Continuing Display

Kelham Island Museum

The most powerful working steam engine in Europe, the mighty River Don Engine is an unmissable part of any visit to Kelham Island Museum. Experience the roar and rumble of this massive 425 ton engine in steam twice daily at 12noon and 2pm, Thursday-Sunday.


The River Don Engine was built by Davy Brothers of Sheffield in 1905. It was made to drive Charles Cammell's armour plate rolling mill at Grimesthorpe Works, which supplied the ship building industry with tough armour plate steel. With a staggering 12,000 horsepower, it enabled the huge mill to roll steel plate up to 40cm thick and 50 tons in weight.

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Opening Times

Tue-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 11am-4pm

***We’re unable to run the River Don Engine on Sat 13 & Sat 27 Jul due to staff illness. We’re sorry if you were hoping to see it then, but you can catch it in steam on Thu, Fri & Sun this week.***

***The Crossley Gas Engine is not currently running due to a suspected electrical fault. Our Historic Engineering team and contractors are working to have it back in action as soon as possible***

The Upper Transport Gallery and Simplex Car display will be closed for an event on Sat 13 and Sat 27 Jul.

Kelham Island Museum

Alma Street


S3 8RY

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A group of adults and children looking at the River Don Engine.

Museum Gift Experience: Run the River Don Engine

Our unforgettable museum experience packages – including a chance to run the mighty River Don Engine –  are a present guaranteed to wow that special someone.

As well as making their day (or maybe treating yourself), you’ll also be giving an important gift to your museums – raising vital funds to help keep them free and open for everyone to enjoy, all year round.


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