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This unusual and fascinating museum used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire’s many attractions. Over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognised as one of the Country’s leading specialist museums. Situated just south of Manchester on the site of the old Anson Colliery, it is the result of Les Cawley and Geoff Challinor’s years of hard work collecting and restoring engines. The museum is a registered charity and does not receive government or public funding towards its running costs. To date most of the work has been carried out and funded by the volunteers and Friends of the museum. It was described by one of its visitors as ‘run on a shoestring and fuelled by enthusiasm’. Despite this the award winning museum has flourished and now houses a unique collection of over 250 gas and oil engines, many maintained in running order. Ranging from early Crossley gas engines through to more modern diesels. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. The Les & Ena Cawley Memorial Building is home to a fantastic display showing the development of the internal combustion engine. The museum has secured many […]

Middleton Top winding engine house contains a pair of beam engines both driving a common crank geared to a winding drum around which the incline rope ran. They were built by the Butterley Company, near Ripley, Derbyshire, during 1828-29 and completed during December 1829. They are the world’s oldest rotative beam engines still on their original site and are both in very good condition. Of the eight winding engines along the Cromford & High Peak Railway line, two comprised pairs of 10 horse power beam engines and the other six were pairs of 20 horse power engines, Middleton being of the larger type. Each engine is a double-acting condensing (Watt-type) beam engine of 25 inch bore and 60 inch stroke controlled by a slide valve. Steam at 5 psi was admitted to the valve chest from the main steam pipe via a regulator type valve on each engine, enabling precise and rapid control. The cranks are set at 90 degrees to ensure that the engine would start from any position. The flywheel driven by the two engines is 16 feet in diameter and mounted on the crankshaft with it is a fifty tooth gear meshing with 150 teeth around the […]

Car and Bike Autojumbles Outdoor pitches all £15.00 Indoor plots also available from £10.00 Well established since 1997 Hamilton House, on A586, off A6, Garstang, Preston, PR3 0TB Admission 9am – 1pm, Adult £3.50, Child under 14yrs FREE Refreshments – Free Parking SELLING AT GARSTANG Outdoor stalls No need to book just turn up from 7am on the day or the day before by prior arrangement Indoor stalls From 8ft frontage, pre-booking essential The above prices admit 2 persons per stall

2016 Penrith Autojumble Car and Bike Autojumbles All Hardstanding plots Inside and Outdoors only £10.00 Penrith Auction Mart, Skirsgill, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DN Admission 9am – 1pm, Adult £3.50 On site Farmer’s cafe – Free Parking

Our volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines – the engines which once powered the cotton and woollen mills of the North of England.  Most will be running in steam on these 2 days only from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.  We have the largest collection of working textile mill steam engines in the country – and possibly in the world!  Some of our engines are unique – the only on of its kind to survive anywhere. Admission if free, with free unlimited parking on Morrison’s Supermarket Car Park site, off Chorley Old Road.

Wednesday 28th December 2016, Thursday 29th December 2016; 10.00am – 4.00pm each day.  Our volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines – the engines which once powered the cotton and woollen mills of the North of England.  Most will be running in steam on these 2 days only from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.  We have the largest collection of working textile mill steam engines in the country – and possibly in the world!  Some of our engines are unique – the only on of its kind to survive anywhere. Admission is free, with unlimited free parking on Morrison’s Supermarket Car Park off Chorley Old Road..

Chester Toyfair has been a favourite for over 30 years of collectors and enthusiasts.  Offering both new and pre-owned models. The Cheshire County Sports Club, Plas Newton Lane, Upton, Cheshire, CH2 1PR For more information please contact Tony Oakes Fairs 01207 652773 or tony.oakes19@gmail.com

A great little fair with a big personality, offering a warm welcome to both collectors and enthusiasts of various models of road vehicles, trains plus books, spares etc; 10:30am-2:00pm – £1.00 entry Fenton Community Centre, Manor Street, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2PT For more information contact Tony Oakes – 01270 652 773

The Engine House is open and steaming on the first Sunday of each month – come along! Most steaming days feature other attractions Free parking Light refreshments available at the Engine House Cafe Picnic area with seating Limited disabled access with a motorised chairlift up to the Engine House.  Unfortunately we do not have disabled toilets School parties and other groups are welcome on weekdays by arrangement Demonstrations given

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2017 Greater Manchester’s buses 1960s style! Experience 1960s bus travel in Greater Manchester Display of buses which served the county in the 60s Free heritage bus service to and from the Manchester Victoria area every 20 minutes Frequent free heritage bus services around the local area with photo opportunities Opening times 10am to 4.30pm Admission charges Standard charges apply (event price of £2 for employees of TfGM, Metrolink and GM bus operators) Getting to the Museum We recommend that you use public transport to travel to the Museum, or use our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle (see below). Don’t forget you can use rail tickets showing Manchester CTLZ as the destination to reach Manchester Victoria via Metrolink. Manchester Victoria Shuttle* Our free heritage Manchester Victoria Shuttle will operate: from Manchester Victoria (Corporation Street bus stop NU) at 0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1630 from the Museum of Transport at 1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643 *all times are approximate and are subject to traffic disruption Free heritage bus service Free heritage bus services will operate from the Museum of Transport at this event Refreshments An expanded selection of […]

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