Experience the sights, sounds and smells of real working steam engines that powered mills all over the North West and helped to shape our world.

Steam power was vital to Manchester’s industrial development. The Power Hall houses one of the largest collections of working steam mill engines in the world. The engines include a beam engine used at Haydock Colliery and the impressive 1907 McNaught engine from Firgrove Mill.

The Power Hall also contains working examples of gas, oil, hot-air and diesel engines. These were made by local companies such as Crossley Brothers and the National Gas Engine Co. Ltd. The two newest exhibits are a Galloways pumping engine and a towering 30-tonne hydraulic accumulator.

The former railway transit shed provides a fitting setting for locomotives and rolling stock. Get close up to a replica of Novelty, which ran in the famous 1829 Rainhill Trials. Nearby is the Beyer-Garratt articulated steam locomotive, the largest exhibit in the Power Hall. Made at Beyer, Peacock’s Gorton factory in 1930, this Garratt ran on the South African Railways until 1972.