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IT’S a genuine leviathan of the industrial age - and Wigan Pier’s Trencherfield steam-powered mill engine is now one of the largest and finest working examples of its type anywhere in the world.

Built over 100 years ago, this mammoth metal powerhouse was regarded as a feat of industrial engineering. Churning out a massive 2,500 horse power to feed the ever hungry machinery of Trencherfield Mill, it played an instrumental role in Wigan’s industrial development.

Trencherfield Mill steam engine

Trencherfield Mill steam engine

In 2004, with the help of a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid and restoration project, the engine was finally restored to its former glory.

Visitors to Trencherfield Mill and the Wigan Pier Quarter are now once again able to look in awe at this giant’s immense size and power, but more importantly, experience it working as it did all those years ago – full steam ahead!

An informative multimedia presentation and talks by engineers about the mill engine’s role and its immense power are included in visits.

Engineers are also very happy to answer your questions and share their extensive knowledge.

Those who have seen the engine coming to life cannot fail to be impressed by its sheer size, grace and beauty. In its heyday it was at the cutting edge of engine technology and was kept spotlessly clean.

During the whole of its working life the Engine sparkled and shone, thanks to the tireless efforts of those involved.

It is now over 100 years old and though in excellent condition needs continual inspection, cleaning and care.

Volunteers can provide a valuable and important source of help with many different aspects at Trencherfield Mill. There are many ways you can get involved whether or not you have any prior knowledge or expertise, including cleaning, care and general upkeep of the engine, helping interpret the engine’s history, visitor reception and customer care, assisting at special events and activities, plus training and support will be provided.

For further information please contact 01942 828122 and ask for Julie Baker or Bill Rowley.

Remaining steam Sundays (1pm) are: Sunday 29th September; Sunday 13th October; Sunday 27th October; Sunday 10th November; Sunday December 1; Sunday December 22.

Steaming Sundays admission prices are adult: £4.00; Children under 12 £2.00; Concession: £2.00.

Family ticket (up to two adults and two children): £10.00; Group booking – 20% discount for parties of more than 15 people.