All engines running!

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As part of our commitment to giving back to the community, PPS has offered to help keep some of the historic steam mill engines running at Ellenroad – free of charge.

The engines are located in the main exhibition area of the Ellenroad Engine House, a museum run as a charitable trust in a mill in Rochdale, Lancashire.

Originally run by Lancashire boilers, the engines are today powered by an Atlas Copco GA7 compressor. PPS will be carrying out regular services and any general maintenance required for this compressor, at no cost to the museum.

The museum is also home to Victoria and Alexandria, the world’s largest steam mill engines. The triple-expansion horizontal engines were commissioned back in 1892 to produce cotton for the Ellenroad Spinning Company, which had been established to respond to the booming cotton trade. The five-storey mill originally had almost 100,000 mule spindles, with drawing frames and carding machines.

In 1985, the Ellenroad Trust Ltd was established to safeguard the preservation of the engines and the mill. Following a refurbishment project, The Engine House became a National Historic Monument and the Ellenroad Steam Museum Society, run by volunteers, now maintains the building and exhibits, and organizes monthly open days for the public.

A plaque has been installed next to the machines to show our support for these historic treasures.

Service Manager, Paul Thomas, at Ellenroad Museum
Service Manager, Paul Thomas (far left), at Ellenroad Museum