NESS Gardens will step back in time on Easter Monday - to show off an antique engine.
The Ness Gardens Vacuum Engine will be on show to the public at hourly intervals from 11am-4pm.
Dedicated volunteers, who had lovingly restored it by hand, will be there to explain something of the history of the engine and how it works.
In October 2006 the engine was discovered in the loft, damaged and unusable. At some stage a catastrophic mechanical failure had occurred.
The connecting rod was bent at right angles, the fuel tank and push rod was rusted through, and parts were missing.
In 1905 Arthur Bulley, who originally founded the gardens in 1878, purchased an Atmospheric Engine to drive light machines, such as seed cleaning machines.
Vacuum Engines are also known as ‘Flame Gulper. Flame Licker or Fire Eating Engines.
This type of engine was devised by Henry Wood who filed a patent in 1758. The first working engine was built by Sir George Caley in 1807, but it was the improvements suggested by Robert Mann Lowne, in 1844-1929 which made the engine successful.
A Ness Gardens spokesman said: “We were fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who decided to try to restore this special engine to see if it could be brought back to life.
“This was finally completed on October 30, 2006 when the repaired engine ran for the first time.”