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BTM TractionEngines - (c) Liam

Traction Days at Bury Transport Museum

© Liam Barnes

Bury Transport Museum has recently undergone a major transformation and is now home to the iconic steam locomotive 60009 'Union of South Africa' a London and North Eastern Railway A4 class pacific, a sister to 'Mallard' which still holds the world record for a steam locomotive of 126 miles per hour. No 9, as she is affectionately, known was built in 1937 and carries a Springbok plaque on the side, a gift from a South African Newspaper. Withdrawn from service by British Railways in 1966, she has been under the stewardship of a single owner ever since. Following recent retirement from mainline running you can now experience getting up close to a life-sized express steam engine to really appreciate the size and power of a locomotive built at the zenith of steam. 

The Museum is also packed with historical vehicles of every size and shape including a horse-drawn tram which once was a chip shop. 'Hilda', the steam roller who almost met a sticky end. The Museum hosts changing exhibitions throughout the year and also hosts drop-in craft workshops and special events during school holidays. Special visits are arranged for schools. 

The Museum is situated in the Castlecroft goods yard just across the road from Bury Bolton St Station and is open between 10am and 4pm whenever services are operating on the East Lancashire Railway.  Tickets for entry into the Museum can be purchased online or on the day and admission charges are £5.00 for adults,  £3.00 for children,  £13.00 for a large family and £8.00 for a small family.  Children under 3 are free as well as carers and ELRPS Members. Entry is free for visitors with an ELR Day Rover Ticket. Tickets are Gift Aid able and can be used again for a 12 month period so you just pay once for the year. Dogs except guide and assistance Dogs are not allowed into the Museum.

For further information on the Bury Transport Museum please contact 0333 330 2830 or email

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