Saturday, August 06, 2011

community news strip

Historic engine steams home

When I left school at 15 years old.
I went to work in factories
becoming a mechanical engineer.
Working on lathes and drillers
learning how to sharpen metal cutting drills by hand.

At the Vulcan Foundry in Earlstown, Newton-le-Willows
I worked on big locomotives
all exported to India and beyond.

I found this story interesting -
but please note
I didn't work on this one!

A LOCOMOTIVE built in Newton-le-Willows has reached its centenary this year, and will be celebrated as part of a festival at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

The Pakistani 4-4-0 Locomotive Number 3157, which is on display in the Power Hall at the museum, was built by the Vulcan Foundry in 1911.

Its destination back then was India, but on Saturday, August 6 the locomotive will be brought out, and at 2pm visitors can delve into its fascinating history with an enlightening talk, bolstered by photos and film footage.

Up to 200 locomotives of the same classic design were produced for the Indian railways, but the Pakistani is now one of only two left in the world.

It transported many people in a time of political upheaval, when Pakistan broke away from the British Empire in 1947.

Find the museum on Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP, online at, or contact them by phone on 0161 832 2244. August 6 is the last day of their annual Transport Festival.