David-Lacey-with-his-Endless-Ball-Chute

David-Lacey-with-his-Endless-Ball-Chute

By Ann Evans

 

Photos by Rob Tysall

 

Marvellous Meccano and full sized steam engines – Blists Hill Victorian Town has it all over the weekend of 20th-21st August. Blists Hill is one of Ironbridge’s ten amazing museums and the Victorian town allows you to step back in time and experience what life was like in the 1800s.

 

In those days of the Industrial Revolution, steam power was leading the way and you’ll be able to see an eclectic collection of steam powered machines in all their working splendour over that weekend.

Dave-Harvey-with-a-Meccano-clock

Dave-Harvey-with-a-Meccano-clock

The town’s working replica of Trevithick’s 1802 Coalbrookdale locomotive will be running; the original is believed to be the world’s first steam locomotive. Other Museum engines in steam will include ‘Billy’ a fantastic 1903 Wallis & Steevens steam roller, the Merry Weather fire pump and the Fielding Oil engine.

 

Also, a huge ploughing engine called ‘The Chief’ will be putting in an appearance over the weekend before commencing a road-run from Blists Hill Victorian Town to Onslow Park for the County Steam Show. Plus there will be a variety of visiting large scale steam engines around the Town throughout the weekend.

Greg-Worwood-and-American-Logging-loco

Greg-Worwood-and-American-Logging-loco

You’ll also find an amazing exhibition of Meccano in Blists Hill Victorian town. Meccano was the last great Victorian invention, patented by Frank Hornby in 1901 and originally called Mechanics Made Easy. Despite it being around for well over a 100 years, it’s as popular now as it ever was, with grown ups as well as youngsters.

 

This popular exhibition is being hosted by the Telford and Ironbridge Meccano Society (TIMS) and is sure to delight all ages. Visitors will be able to see intricate working clocks, tall cranes, sturdy bridges, working steam engines and other constructions that will amaze you – all built with the little strips of colourful metal and chunky nuts and bolts we know as Meccano.

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Intermittant-motion-clock-made-by-Dave-Harvey

2016 is something of an anniversary year for Meccano enthusiasts. TIMS celebrates its 25th anniversary; the invention of Meccano when it was known as Mechanics Made Easy began 115 years ago; and 2016 is also the 80th anniversary of the death of its inventor, Frank Hornby.

 

 

For further information, times, ticket prices and special deals, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk.

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Meccanuity 2016 TIMS exh, Ironbridge,Ken-Senar

 

 

 

 

 

About Ann Evans

Feature writer and award winning author, Ann Evans has more than 22 books published for children, young adults, reluctant readers and adults. Never content to write one thing at a time, she always has at least half a dozen different writing projects on the go. She worked for 13 years on the Coventry Telegraph as a feature writer and currently writes for a number of different magazines, in print and on-line. Ann is also a writing tutor running classes for adults and doing author school visits throughout the UK. Ann decided to put her years of writing experience together in her book Become A Writer – a step by step guide. Amazon link:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Become-Writer-Step-Guide/dp/1907670246 Blogs:http://annsawriter.blogspot.com