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(January 1st - December 31st, 2006)

Marco Dessì

Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso

Arie P. de Ruiter

Cruquius Steam Drainage Pumping Station

Cruquius, The Netherlands

September 11, 2006 - 12:48 pm (local time)

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© 2006 Arie P. de Ruiter, All Rights Reserved.

This is one of nine panoramas of Museum "De Cruquius" which I shot near the end of this Summer with the kind permission and assistance of Piet Beertema, webmaster of the Museum (for all panoramas, see http://www.ariederuiter.nl/cruquius-2006/index.html ).

The Cruquius came into operation in 1849 as one of three steam pumping stations used to drain the Haarlemmermeer, now the home of a.o. Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol). The Cruquius stayed in service until 1932, was saved from demolition, and transformed into a museum.

The Cruquius steam engine is quite spectacular. It is the largest steam engine ever built, with a cylinder measuring more than 144 inch in diameter, and it was used to continuously drive eight cast-iron beams of 10 tons each.

The museum is well worth a visit for anyone interested in our technical and industrial heritage. The website of the Museum (http://www.museumdecruquius.nl/en/index.html ) contains a large amount of historical and technical information.
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