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Friday, July 27, 2012

Anson Engine Museum

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We set off for the Anson Engine Museum this morning, via the Middlewood Way, which is a bridlepath on the route of the old railway line.

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This is the old railway station which now serves as a picnic area.

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Back onto the road and the signs points the way to the museum.

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The museum entrance.

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There are lots of engines here, steam, gas and oil engines of all shapes and sizes.

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There is a craft area outside.

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Besides the full size engines, there are some superb model ones.

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They have a few National Gas engines, this one was running, until the gas bottle ran out!

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We had been told about the model of the area, which is really rather excellent.

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After our visit to the museum we popped into the Boar’s Head for lunch.

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Jo had the fish cakes and I had the ham, eggs and chips, and  pint of Black Sheep Best Bitter each.

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Whilst at the Museum we got chatting to Geoff Challinor, one of the founders of the museum, and I showed him the plaque from our engine, his face lit up and he scurried off with it and said he would be back. He returned with a beaming smile on his face and with a few documents stapled together, this was the top sheet.

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He then disappeared again to get them all photocopied for us, I will scan them tonight, and start up a separate page on here for our engine. Basically our engine was built in 1949 by a company called Trojan Ltd, on behalf of National Gas & Oil Engine Company as part of an order for 18 such engines and then supplied to a company called Auto Diesels Ltd of Uxbridge, where they were attached to the base plate and connected to the generator, before despatch to Middle East Pipelines. Now we have this information we can now do some further research.

Keith.

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