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Steam Train Rides

Runs on weekends between 5 Apr 2014 and 31 May 2014
(Please note train rides do not operate every Sat/Sun above - see listing for full timetable)
Event times
12:00 - 16:00


Take a ride behind our replica of Robert Stephenson's 1830 Planet locomotive or the newly-restored Agecroft No. 1. It's great fun for the kids...and the parents! Departing from outside the Power Hall at regular intervals.


Please see below the timetable for 2014. Although our volunteers try to run steam train rides on the dates advertised, occasionally they cannot take place and have to be cancelled at short notice. Please call 0161 832 2244 before setting off if making a special visit.

April: Sat 5, Sun 6, Sat 12, Sun 13, Fri 18, Sun 20, Sat 26
May: Sun 4, Sat 10, Sun 11, Sat 17, Sat 24, Sat 31

More dates for 2014 will be confirmed soon.

During the summer months, Planet is likely to be the locomotive in service, whilst in autumn/winter, it is more likely to be Agecroft No. 1. To confirm which of the two locomotives will be running on a specific date, please email (Mon - Fri only) or call 0161 832 2244.

Planet in snowAbout the Planet locomotive

This impressive engine was built by the Friends of the Museum and has been providing rides for our visitors since 1992. Planet is a modern replica of a Robert Stephenson loco used to haul trains on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830. The original Planet was the ninth loco built for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and the next design after the famous Rocket also built by Stephenson.

Agecrodt No. 1 Side ViewAbout Agecroft No. 1

Agecroft No.1 was built in Newcastle in 1948 and worked at Agecroft Power Station about 3 miles away from MOSI. Retired in 1980 after 32 years shunting coal wagons to feed the power station boilers, the locomotive was bought privately and saved from the scrapheap. Agecroft No.1 arrived at MOSI in 2008 in a dismantled state and after 3 years of restoration by the Volunteers and staff is back in full working order.

Planet and Agecroft No. 1 are operated by MOSI Volunteers.

Steam School

Fancy having a go at driving a locomotive yourself? Why not come to the MOSI Steam School?

SAVE! Special Combi Ticket for Morphis and 4D Theatre

Adults £5.50 (save £1 on combined individual ticket prices). Concessions £4.50 (save 80p on combined individual ticket prices). More information about the 4D Theatre and Morphis can be found by clicking on the links.



All Ages

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