A £50,000 bid to buy a steam boiler which could save some of the country’s most historic steam engines has won backing from pop mogul Pete Waterman at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
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The record producer and steam train obsessive has urged visitors to donate £10 to the cause after the Museum’s world-renowned set of engines, which include a replica of the first practical steam engine from 1712 and the 1907 McNaught design, were forced to stop when the previous boiler was removed.
Planners at the venue said the locomotives would form a key addition to the building’s £7 million redevelopment. A replacement boiler has been bought, but the costs of installing the unit are beyond MOSI’s budget.
“When I visited the Power Hall last year, its magnificent steam engines were fired up and their combined clanking and hissing really made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up,” admitted Waterman.
“The smells, heat and noise of the machines are part of MOSI’s unforgettable experience and that is why it is so important to get the engines up and running again as soon as possible.
“When the Power Hall is back to its former glory, visitors will once again be able to learn about how the steam engine transformed our world. You never know, it may just inspire our young people to become the great engineers of tomorrow.”
To donate to the Head of Steam Campaign visit www.mosi.org.uk/support-us, call Julie Platt on 0161 606 0180 or write to Head of Steam Campaign, MOSI, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP.