The Bolton Steam Museum :: Shared Description

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
by David Dixon
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SD6909 : Inside Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD6909 : Lancashire Boiler Front, Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD6909 : Bolton Steam Museum - horizontal single cylinder engine by Chris Allen
SD6909 : Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD7009 : Bolton Steam Museum - outside by Stephen Craven
SD6909 : Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD6909 : Bolton Steam Museum - hand barring by Stephen Craven
SD6909 : Former Wasp Mill Engine at Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD6909 : Tandem-Compound Engine "Elsie", Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD7009 : Bolton Steam Museum - Audrey by Chris Allen
SD6909 : Boiler Detail by David Dixon
SD6909 : Steam Engine Close Up, Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD6909 : Steam Day at Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD6909 : View from the Gallery, Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD6909 : Wasp Mill Engine Governor by David Dixon
SD6909 : Wasp Mill Steam Engine by David Dixon
SD6909 : Bolton Steam Museum, Diamond Ropeworks Engine by David Dixon
SD6909 : Bolton Steam Museum - inside by Stephen Craven
SD7009 : Bolton Steam Museum, Atlas Mill by David Dixon
SD6909 : Boiler Feeder Pump, Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD6909 : Bolton Steam Museum - large beam engine  by Stephen Craven
SD6909 : Diamond Ropeworks Engine, Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD6909 : Steel-Tube Pressure Gauge, Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon
SD6909 : Bolton Steam Museum - parallel motion by Stephen Craven
SD7009 : Vertical Cross-Compound Engine, Bolton Steam Museum by David Dixon

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Created: Mon, 2 Sep 2013, Updated: Mon, 2 Sep 2013

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