Friday, August 23, 2013

Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Museum of Science and Industry's unique sign.

Mural on the side of a warehouse at the museum.

We considered taking the train into Manchester, but decided instead to drive in on a Sunday morning, since traffic would be lighter.  It was a good idea.  The museum is in a old part of town.  The buildings were originally 4 warehouses and a train station.  The area around them is being renovated into housing and shops.  On the whole, it's looking good!

The old train station on the right and one of the warehouses that are now part of  MOSI.

The Great Western Warehouse, now the main building.

The Air and Space hall looks very 1890's.

Street plantings are easier when it rains this much!

Our favourite part of the museum was the  Power Hall.  It was full of working steam engines and locomotives.  One of the docents gave a demonstration of this huge steam engine that was originally used in a woollen mill.  Lots of noise and steam and movement. 

The Air and Space Hall is an odd assortment of aircraft mixed with cars and motorcycles.  It was still interesting to look at.  Did you know that several of the aircraft companies in England used Rolls-Royce engines?
One of the first Rolls- Royces.

The prototype of the Vulcan, a bomber.

A home made airplane, built from plans originating in France.

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