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Full steam ahead at Blists Hill Victorian Town 18th and 19th August

By Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, 18 June 2018, 14:00PM

Discover how the Victorians harnessed steam to power their engines and other machines on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August, when Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, Shropshire will be ‘in steam’.

The weekend will provide a rare chance to get up close and personal with an eclectic collection of Victorian steam powered machines, all of which will be in their full working splendour.

The steam weekend is just one of the many family friendly events and activities taking place across the Ironbridge Gorge Museums during the summer with a ‘Create Industry’ theme.

The Town’s replica of Trevithick’s 1802 Coalbrookdale locomotive will be running; the original is believed to be the world’s first steam locomotive. Other museum engines in steam will include ‘Billy’, a fantastic 1903 Wallis & Steevens road roller, the Merryweather fire pump and the Fielding oil engine as well as the Winding Engine.

In addition, there will be a variety of special guest engines around the Town. A highlight will be two rare ploughing engines from John Fowler & Co. Namely The Chief, a huge early Victorian single cylinder ploughing engine made in 1875 and one of only three that are still operational and Linkey, which is just over 100 years old and weighs 17 tonnes.

The many guest engines on display for the weekend will also include traction engines from Maclaren and Clayton & Shuttleworth; a Fowler Road Roller Engine and Maclaren and Foster tractor engines.

Younger visitors can join in hands-on activities in the Goods Shed and follow a self-led ‘Icons of Industry’ trail around the Town to discover more about the area’s remarkable industrial heritage.

One of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Blists Hill Victorian Town is open from 10am until 4.30pm; entrance is £19.75 adults, £14.00 60 plus and £12.00 children 5-16, under 5s free.

A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing multiple visits into all 10 museums costs £26.50 per adult, £20.50 for seniors, £16.50 for children (16 years or under), £70 for a family of two adults and all their children and £50 for a family with one adult;
under 5s free (terms and conditions apply); Passports can also be bought online in advance and individual entry tickets are available at each museum. Activities will vary from day-to-day and some additional costs will apply.

For further information, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.