SD6909 : Wasp Mill Steam Engine

taken 4 years ago, near to Bolton, Great Britain

Wasp Mill Steam Engine
Wasp Mill Steam Engine
This is the most typical type of Lancashire mill engine of which many thousands were made. Originally built by J & W McNaught Ltd of Rochdale in 1902 for the Barchant Spinning Company in 1902, it was later used at Wasp Mill from 1917 until 1967.

The engine is named "Elsie"; many textile mill engines were named, often after members of the mill-owners family. She has recently been given metal cladding with brass banding over the cylinders to reduce condensation and make it more efficient so it no looks very different than on my last visit (SD6909 : Bolton Steam Museum, Tandem-Compound Engine).
The Bolton Steam Museum :: SD7009
Bolton Steam Museum is operated by volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society (NMES) who have rescued 25 of the old stationary steam engines which once powered the cotton mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire. It has the largest collection of working steam mill engines in the UK and probably the largest in the world.

The original museum was first opened to the public in 1983 in one of the original engine-houses of Atlas No 3 Mill where 5 of the rebuilt engines could be seen working in steam and over the following 7 years it became a well-known attraction in the area. However, in 1990, the mill complex was sold for redevelopment as a retail supermarket and the museum was in the way. Fortunately, the new owners, William Morrison Supermarkets, were sympathetic to the Society's plight and undertook to relocate the museum into another building on the far side of the site. Unfortunately, this meant dismantling all the engines, moving all the parts into the new building and beginning the rebuilding work all over again but the society now has the security of a long lease and has spent the last 22 years reassembling its collection, which has now grown to some 27 engines, in the new premises. The new building is ideal for the museum, with plenty of natural lighting and full crane coverage to assist with moving and assembling the heavy engine parts.

The Society's collection of steam engines now represents one of the largest in the UK. Due the fact that work is still in progress, it is not yet possible to open the museum to the public on a regular basis, although special Steam Open Days are held each year.

LinkExternal link Northern Mill Engine Society website
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Wednesday, 8 June, 2016   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 14 June, 2016
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Industry 
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