Housed in the former Liverpool Road Station (bought for £1 from British Rail) the Exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry include: Aircraft: A complete RAF Avro Shackleton and other Avro machines, built locally at Chadderton and Woodford; A Supermarine Spitfire; A Hawker Hunter. Computing: A replica of the Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine. Locomotives: Ericsson's Novelty – A replica incorporating parts from the original locomotive of 1829; British Rail Class 77 No. 27001 'Ariadne' – A 1.5 kV DC electric locomotive built by Metropolitan-Vickers in 1953; South African Railways GL class Garratt No. 2352 – Built in 1929 by Beyer, Peacock and Company, Manchester; Pakistan Railways 4–4–0 – A broad gauge locomotive built by Beyer, Peacock and Company. Themed Galleries: A Connected Earth gallery that tells the history of communications in Manchester and the North West of England opened in October 2007. The Electricity Gallery and the Gas Gallery, which focus on the development, production and use of these utilities. Underground Manchester, which looks at sanitation and water supply. The LMR 57 Lion, Britain's oldest steamable locomotive is now in Liverpool.
On selected dates, visitors may ride on demonstration passenger trains within the museum grounds. Trains are hauled by the museum's two operational steam locomotives: 'Planet' – A replica of Robert Stephenson and Company's Planet class locomotive, built by the Friends of the Museum of Science and Industry in 1992. The original locomotive was constructed in 1830 and hauled trains on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. 'Agecroft No. 1' – An 0–4–0 saddle tank built by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns in 1948 for use at Agecroft Power Station. Restored to working order in 2011. The museum's railway line was formerly connected to the national rail network near Ordsall Lane Junction. However, construction of Network Rail's Ordsall Chord railway link, which began in January 2016, has since severed this connection and reduced the length of the museum's running line in spite of an attempted legal battle to save it. Industrial machines include the last steam engine ever built to power a mill. The museum exhibits a large collection of stationary steam engines, hot air engines, diesel engines, hydraulic pumps, large electric generators and other similar machines. Most of these machines are operational and occasionally can be seen running. This exhibit includes the last stationary steam engine newly build to power a mill. There is also the exhibit of spinning and weaving machines that cover all steps from wool to textile. These machines are also functional and run for a few minutes at scheduled times. Smooth paths connect all of the buildings for easier pram and wheelchair access. You can collect a large-print map and large-print gallery guides at the information desk. There is step-free access to all floors of the multi-level buildings, except for the Electricity Gallery in the 1830 Warehouse. They can lend you a wheelchair or a collapsible chair—just ask at the information desk.
Location : Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP
Transport: Deansgate (National Rail). Deansgate (Metrolink). Bus routes 33 and 63 stop outside.
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 to 17:00
Tickets: Free (Donations Welcomed) Simulator £2.50 per ride.
Tel: 0161 832 2244