Shore Road Pumping Station

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Coordinates: 53°23′43.5″N 3°0′45.5″W / 53.395417°N 3.012639°W / 53.395417; -3.012639

The Shore Road Pumping Station, Birkenhead

The Shore Road Pumping Station is a pumping station situated in Birkenhead, on the Wirral Peninsula, England. It contains the pumps which remove water from the railway tunnel under the River Mersey. When it was built in the 1870s[1] the pumps were driven by steam beam engines. Electric pumps subsequently replaced the beam engines; however one of the original pumps, the 'Giant Grasshopper', remains on display.[1][2]

The 'Giant Grasshopper'

In 2009, as part of its Strategic Asset Review, owners Wirral Borough Council planned to sell the museum.[3] Sometime after mid-2012 but before early 2014, the museum closed to the public.


  1. ^ a b Shore Road Pumping Station, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, archived from the original on 14 June 2008, retrieved 24 March 2008
  2. ^ Duffy, Michael C. (2003), Electric Railways 1880-1990, IET, p. 57, ISBN 0-85296-805-1
  3. ^ Liam Murphy. May 2009 "Birkenhead's historic former town hall "for sale"" Check |url= value (help). Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 25 June 2012.