Anson Engine Museum opens new season with first Diesel engine display

By Culture24 Staff | 07 April 2009
a photo of a museum interior showing two engines

The first Diesel engine (replica left) with the first UK Diesel engine. © Anson Engine Museum

The Anson Engine Museum is preparing for the new season’s opening this Easter by displaying a full size replica of the first diesel engine ever made.

In a coup for the specialist engineering museum, the engine is a copy of one developed by Rudolf Diesel in Germany 1897, the original of which resides in the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

It was built to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Diesel’s birth last year by MAN Truck & Bus Ltd who took it out to trade shows around the country, it will be the first time the engine has been seen by members of the public.

a close up photo of an engine with a wheel and piston

The replica of the engine worked on by Rudolf Diesel in 1897. © Anson Engine Museum

The replica stands at the museum beside the first diesel engine built in the UK, which was also the third ever built in the world.

“We are extremely pleased that MAN have loaned us the engine, it looks terrific,” said curator Geoff Challinor. “By standing it beside the other diesel engine, you can see the alterations and improvements that were developed between the 1st and 3rd engine ever to be built in the world.

“Having the engine available for people to see in the UK will help those having a “stay at home” holiday to still enjoy great heritage on their own doorstep.”

The museum on Anson Road, Poynton, Manchester is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Internal Combustion Engine and opens for the new season on Easter Sunday and Monday. It will then be open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from 10:00 – 17:00 until the end of October.

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