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Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal (The steam giant)

The steam age is over. But in Lemmer (Fryslân-Friesland, The Netherlands) the "ir.D.F.Woudagemaal" is the only steam-driven pumping engine in the world that still serves its original purpose.

Built during WorldWar One and opened in 1920, the impressive, monumental pumping-station holds its own for draining excess water. On these occasions the sleeping giant is revived for a few days to do its much-needed duty.

It has a capacity of 2520 H.P. and a capacity of 4000m³ water per minute. Per day approximately 6 million m³ water can be pumped.

Since 1998 the Woudagemaal has a place on UNESCO's World heritage list.

Historical machines and buildings like this keep the memory of the former times alive.
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