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(June 13-23, 2013)

Dave Albright

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Rodrigo Alarcón-Cielock

Steam Powered Machines

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, England, UK

June 15 2013, 14:06

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Power Hall

Steam power was vital to Manchester's industrial development. The Power Hall houses one of the largest collections of working steam mill engines in the world. The engines include a beam engine used at Haydock Colliery and the impressive 1907 McNaught engine from Firgrove Mill. The Power Hall also contains working examples of gas, oil, hot-air and diesel engines. These were made by local companies such as Crossley Brothers and the National Gas Engine Co. Ltd. The two newest exhibits are a Galloways pumping engine and a towering 30-tonne hydraulic accumulator.

Beyer-Garratt articulated steam locomotiveThe former railway transit shed provides a fitting setting for locomotives and rolling stock. Get close up to a replica of Novelty, which ran in the famous 1829 Rainhill Trials. Nearby is the Beyer-Garratt articulated steam locomotive, the largest exhibit in the Power Hall. Made at Beyer, Peacock's Gorton factory in 1930, this Garratt ran on the South African Railways until 1972.

Steam Locomotive

Registration Number : 1980.12

Type of item : Object

Association Name Type Date

Beyer, Peacock & Co. Ltd Maker 1873

Place of association : Manchester

Collection Name : Rail transport Isle of Man Railway railway

Object Name : steam locomotive

Serial Number : 1255

Historical and Technological Significance.

This locomotive is fairly representative of design from 1850 to 1880. It has been sectioned to show the layout of a multi-tube boiler. The sloping cylinders are typical Beyer, Peacock features.

Electric Locomotive

Registration Number : 1987.207

Type of item : Object

Association Name : London & North Eastern Railway

Type : Maker

Date : 1954

Place of association : Manchester

Collection Name : Rail transport transport railway London & North Eastern Railway

Object Name : Electric Locomotive

Serial Number : 27001

Model Name : EM2 Class 77

Historical and Technological Significance.

This Class EM2 Co-Co electric locomotive is one of seven built at the British Rail (former LNER) works at Gorton, Manchester. The EM2s were introduced in 1954 and operated on the Manchester-Sheffield-Wath Pennine electrified route. They were the first all-electric passenger locomotives to operate in Britain. Falling passenger numbers led to their withdrawal in 1968. All seven locomotives were then bought by the Dutch Railway Authority and shipped to Holland in 1969. A year later, the EM2s went into service mainly on the Hague-Eindhoven-Venlo-Maastricht routes. They hauled passenger trains by day and freight trains by night. Originally intended to operate for 10 years, the EM2s were not withdrawn until 1986.

Steam Locomotive (1982.2)

This 4-4-0 locomotive was built in 1911 by the Vulcan Foundry Ltd, Newton-le-Willows, for the North Western Railway of India. Its works number was 3064.

The order specified that the engine must have a superheater, which was a very recent innovation. This locomotive is one of the oldest surviving superheated locomotives. It was built as a coal-fired locomotive, but was later converted to oil.

It is wider than locomotives used in Britain, because the railway gauge in North West India (now Pakistan) is 5 ft 6 in (1.78 m). This locomotive was used to pull express mail trains until 1947. From 1947 it was operated by the newly formed Pakistan Railways and had the serial number 3157. It was retired in 1982 and given to the Museum by the Pakistan Government.

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