The Ellenroad Steam Museum Elizabethan Way, Newhay, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 4LG, is a working steam museum housed in a former ring mill engine house. The museum is based around a 1896 3000 HP mill engine by J. and W. McNaught of ?. The magnificent mill engine is the largest working example still in its original location. This and other impressive engines can be seen running on regular monthly steaming days. The museum also houses related exhibits including a steam powered workshop and a cafe in part of the old boiler house. The mill which the engine served was demolished in the 1980 and the site is home to a modern factory complex.
The Ellenroad Ring Mill Engine is a preserved stationary steam engine in Milnrow, Greater Manchester. It powered the Ellenroad Ring Mill from 1917, and after the mill's closure the engine is still worked under steam as a museum display.
At 3000 hp, the twin tandem compound engine is possibly the most powerful of the type in preservation. The two engines are named Victoria and Alexandra, multiple ropes around the flywheel drove the line shafts on each floor of the adjacent mill which in turn drove the ring spinning frames. The main mill building has now being demolished.
The yard to the boiler hose is also used for events were other vintage machinery and vehicles attend from vintage clubs such as the local branch of the Vintage Motorcycle Club and car clubs.
The main engine is the 3000 hp duplex engine and drive drum
Other engines include;
- ? horizontal engine
- Whitelees Beam engine - Under installation
- Browett-Lindley quick forced lubrication engine driving a Mather & Platt 70kw Alternator to provide maintenance lighting for the Ellenroad works when the main engine was not running.
- Sectioned boiler
- Steam pumps
- Steam Economiser by Royles Limited of Manchester
- Steam driven workshop and blacksmiths shop
- 1920s electrical distribution board
- 1950s switch gear
- Model of the mill
- recently acquired ? mill engine which is in bits after 30 years in storage by Lancashire Museums service following its rescues from a mill under demolition.
- Bolton Steam Museum
- Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
- Queen Street Mill
- List of museums in Greater Manchester
- List of museums in Lancashire
References / sourcesEdit
- Visit to the museum
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