UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal, Lemmer

#1 of 29 in Historic Sites in Friesland Province
Must see · World heritage site · Historic Site · Landmark
The ir. D.F. Woudagemaal is a pumping station in the Netherlands, and the largest still operational steam-powered pumping station in the world. On October 7, 1920 Queen Wilhelmina opened the pumping station. It was built to pump excess water out of Friesland, a province in the north of the Netherlands.
In 1967, after running on coal for 47 years, the boilers were converted to run on heavy fuel oil. It has a pumping capacity of 4,000 m³ per minute, 1,000,000 GPM. The pumping station is currently used to supplement the existing pumping capacity of the J.L. Hooglandgemaal in case of exceptionally high water levels in Friesland; this usually happens a few days per year.
-4 reciprocating steam engines with poppet valves
-8 Horizontal Centrifugal pumps: 500 Cubic Meters per minute, 125,000 GPM..
Since 1998 the ir. D.F. Woudagemaal has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The station is open for visitors and tours are given regularly.
The pumping station is located at Tacozijl just outside Lemmer
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  • This steam pumping station from 1920 is one of the last ones to have been built in the Netherlands. The technology to use burning coal to make steam and generate power was essentially a 19th century.....  more »
  • This building is definately worth a visit, but you can easily skip the visitors center, especially if you are foreign, because it is al in dutch. The short movie shown in the cinema in the visitors...  more »
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