This is the winding engine house of the Hetty Pit of the Great Western Colliery. It contains the original steam winding engine built by Barker and Cope of Kidsgrove in 1875. It is located alongside the main Rhondda Road between Hopkinstown and Trehafod. The engine has been restored to working order by volunteers, and the site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. This is the only large steam engine in Wales currently in working order.
The engine will be working on compressed air. Visitors will be able to drive the engine under supervision, operate the mechanical and electrical shaft signalling systems, and talk to volunteers about the engine and the history of the colliery.
Saturday 22 September 2018 10am – 5pm. Sunday 23 September 11am – 3pm.
Address: Hetty Colliery Site, Gyfeillion Road, Hopkinstown, Pontypridd ST09 055 909.
Getting there: Take A4058 from Pontypridd, engine house is 1 mile out of town on right hand side. Parking opposite at Barry Sidings Country Park. Rhondda buses from Pontypridd bus station. Nearest railway station Trehafod.
Steep steps, uneven ground surfaces. No wheelchair access at present. Sensible shoes required.