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Full steam ahead as Blists Hill Victorian Town pulls in crowds

By Rory Smith | Ironbridge | Attractions | Published: | Last Updated:

The crowds have been flocking to one of the county's major tourist attraction to celebrate the days of steam.

Members of the Black Country Steampunk Society met Billy the Steam Roller at the steam weekend

Blists Hill Victorian Town fired up some of its historic working machinery for the bank holiday weekend event, which also featured Richard Trevithick’s 1802 Coalbrookdale engine.

Visitors travelled from across the country to see the machinery in action and hear from demonstrators at the working museum about the industrial heritage on show.

Richard Aldred, of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, said the weekend had been a big success.

“We were delighted to welcome so many people to the site across the weekend to see some of this remarkable machinery in action," he said.

Transformation

“The sight of working steam engines is a huge thrill for people of all ages and we were able to demonstrate a wide range of the machinery which helped power the transformation in our lives for which the Ironbridge Gorge is world-famous.”

Other machinery on show included the steam-powered stone crusher which demonstrated its might in the Masons’ Yard and more than 10 visiting miniature steam engines.

Billy, the town’s own 1903 Wallis & Steevens steam roller, also delighted enthusiasts with tours of the site across the weekend.

The museum has attracted more than 35,000 visitors since reopening at the start of July following lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley, Telford.

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