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    A machinist friend of mine who got hooked on Fred Dibnah videos has proposed that we make a 10-day tour of points of interest in the UK: technology museums, steam railways, old mills & factories, etc. I get the impression there is a lot to see in the UK, but I'm not familiar with the country. Suggestions will be much appreciated.

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    One word...."Kempton"...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuHJBIMj_rs
    Keith
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    • #3
      Anson Engine Museum

      http://www.enginemuseum.org/

      The employees/curators of the museum of former employees of local engine manufacturers.

      Anderton Boat Lift

      https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/Anderton-boat-lift
      Last edited by jep24601; 03-11-2015, 02:13 PM.
      "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"

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        London Museum of Water and Steam, Greendragon Lane, Brentford, London. It's on the north side of the Thames across from Kew Gardens. And the National Railway Museum, at York.
        Last edited by Video Man; 03-11-2015, 03:14 PM.

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        • #5
          Kelham Island in Sheffield, is good for machinery and machine tools!

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            If you like Fred Dibnah videos you will definitely enjoy our mill engine museum. Fred was our honorary president. If you can time a visit to one of our steaming days you will see a wide variety of large engines running in steam. See this site for details:

            http://www.nmes.org/

            Entry is fee of charge. If you can't make one of those dates come any Sunday or Wednesday - we will be working on the engines but not under steam. If your friend introduces himself, I will give him a guided tour.
            Bill

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            • #7
              Ironbridge gorge near Telford.

              The birthplace of the industrial revolution. That says it all.
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              Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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              • #8
                If you haven't been to the UK before you should visit Cambridge (far better than Oxford) which also has a small industrial museum at the pumping station with a chimney which I saw Fred half way up when he was filming for some early mobile phone adverts. It's by the river so depending on date you might see some rowing eights.
                Also look up Great Dorset Steam fair and some of the other steam rallies to see a whole lot of vintage UK style machinery. Knebworth has a rally and a stately home to go round.
                Bear in mind the distances might seem small compared to the states but travel is slow.
                Last edited by Baz; 03-11-2015, 08:10 PM.

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                • #9
                  After London the towns usually considered worth seeing are Bath, York and Edinburgh. Cute villages abound - Broadway in the Cotswolds is quintessential.
                  "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"

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                  • #10
                    Willmac - Thanks for the invitation. You're on our list. JA

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                      You'll find a nearly complete Dibnah video library here:

                      https://www.youtube.com/user/strangevideoman/videos

                      In most of the clips, the original BBC credits have been left in at the end - if vou jump to the last few seconds of each video, you'll find the "with thanks to..." credit, which mentions the places, many of them museums, that Dibnah featured in that episode. Take notes, then google the names to see if they are still open to visitors...

                      Sounds like a fantastic trip. I would recommend not missing the science museum in London. If you're in Edinburgh, they have some super Victorian technology on exhibit at the municipal museumm there too.

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                        Hmm, London Museum of Science. Great historical steam engines from Newcomen to the double acting Snow. Aerospace stuff in another area. Some great models illustrating basic principles. Not far from the Natural History museum.
                        Design to 0.0001", measure to 1/32", cut with an axe, grind to fit

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by camdigger View Post
                          Hmm, London Museum of Science. Great historical steam engines from Newcomen to the double acting Snow. Aerospace stuff in another area. Some great models illustrating basic principles. Not far from the Natural History museum.
                          Its and absolute joke of a national museum , compared to the national engineering museums of the continent ,Berlin, Paris,Munich ,Vienna .
                          It has a gift shop the that would rival Tesco,s or Adsa , the steam engines are poorly displaced , Maudslays table engine rammed into a corner . Everything dumbed down (kidafied) ,,,,,,,,,,hundreds of kids about ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and the reason its FREE ! . rant over .


                          Tower Bridge museum is interesting , also Crossness pumping station . http://www.crossness.org.uk/ .


                          Rob

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                            You might enjoy seeing this engine running:

                            http://www.ellenroad.org.uk/

                            Still in its own engine house and an impressive sight under steam.

                            I take Rob's point about the dumbing down of many of our museums. but the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester is still worth a visit.

                            http://www.mosi.org.uk/explore-mosi.aspx

                            You mentioned old mills in your first post. The UK cotton textile industry was based in Lancashire with towns generally specialising in spinning or weaving. Just one town, Oldham, had mills containing over 16 million running spindles in about 360 large mills running day and night. The output of this one small town was greater than the whole of the the other countries in Europe combined. The Lancashire textile industry drove the entire UK economy for a long time. You can still see some of these mills, but nearly all have been demolished or converted to other purposes. As the industry grew, the newer mills were designed by specialist architects and have a character all of their own. You can still see some of these buildings in Lancashire towns, so if this is what you would like, let me know and I will suggest an itinerary.

                            You can see see a preserved weaving shed at Queen Street mill in Burnley.

                            http://www.visitlancashire.com/thing...-museum-p7837#

                            All the sites that I have suggested are located quite close together so you could get around them by car from Manchester (or anywhere in the area) very easily.
                            Bill

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                            • #15
                              I agree with Rob, the Science museum is no longer worth a visit.
                              What was the top floor and put over to aircraft hanging from the ceiling and engines all over the place is now open plan with 3 large tables, each holding 3 computer workstations where you can learn about renewable energy.

                              Hang on it's a freeking museum, renewable energy is current not something that is part of our heritage and why can't you do this at home instead of taking up an entire floor.

                              Wonder who's paying for that pony and trap show ??
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                              Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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