Some engine!

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Last Monday, the Mayday Bank Holiday, we went to have a look at the steam engine in Trencherfield Mill at Wigan Pier. The mill was opened in 1907 and operated until the 1960s.

The mill machinery used to be powered by a massive 2,500 hp steam engine with 4 cylinders. The power being transfered from the engine via a 26-foot flywheel with 54 ropes. Today it can be visited on Sundays with “steam days,” when the engine is operated, taking place intermittently.

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It’s the world’s largest working horizontal triple expansion steam engine.

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