Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Astley Green Colliery Museum

On the way back to Boothstown on Sunday we stopped off in Astley Green for a lovely roast lunch in the Old Boathouse pub, followed by a trip to the Colliery Museum which is only a few hundred yards from the canal.

The pit closed in 1970 but the impressive pit headgear and winding house remain and are maintained by volunteers.

The steam winding gear is absolutely huge and in extremely good condition.

The Lodge was originally the pit manager's offices but now houses an excellent display of mining life.

The museum houses the largest collection of colliery engines in the country and there are hoppers and other railway items scattered around the site.

Some are on view but many are moth-balled, presumably for future restoration.

This wagon looked a bit past it to me, or maybe it's a pending project?

They also had a nice display of vintage cars. The yellow MG in the centre caught my eye.

If you're thinking of visiting the museum, they're only open between 1.30 - 5.00 on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

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