Bolton Steam Museum

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The NMES was formed in 1966 by a small but extremely dedicated band of enthusiasts who decided that something had to be done to preserve the steam engines from the textile industries of Lancashire and Yorkshire before they were all scrapped. Of the thousands of engines that were once at work, perhaps only about a hundred still survived, with more mill closures being announced every week.

As a result of this initiative, a number of rare and interesting engines were acquired, often donated by their original owners who could no longer keep, but did not want to destroy, their faithful servants of many years. Most engines could not be preserved in-situ and so they had to be dismantled and removed, sometimes with great difficulty from almost inaccessible engine rooms.

With the generous support of the Mason family, the site owners, the Society was very grateful to be offered premises at Atlas Mills, Mornington Road, Bolton, where the rebuilding of the engines could begin.

After some 15 years work, a museum was 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. It was decided to call the museum The Bolton Steam Museum and over the following 7 years it became a well-known attraction in the area.

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The museum is situated approximately 1.5 miles NW of Bolton town centre on Mornington Road. Look for the large Morrisons Supermarket at the junction of Mornington Road and Chorley Old Road (B6226) and go into the supermarket car-park.

The museum is in the large victorian cotton warehouse building next to the petrol station.

Parking for the museum is free anywhere on the supermarket site.


Bus numbers 125 and 126 (Stagecoach) and 519 (First Bus) operate from the town centre on Chorley Old Road, stopping just outside the supermarket


Opening times:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM--10:00 AM - 4:00 PM---
*See website for special steam days


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Address: Mornington Road, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 4EU, UK
Phone: +44 1204 846490/+44 1257 265003
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