One of the East Lancashire Railway’s (ELR) star attractions, the Bury Transport Museum, has reopened with a unique exhibition.
The museum recreates the lives of people traveling in the industrial Northwest throughout the 20th century.
It features historic vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
Customers can now get up close to an iconic locomotive from the golden age of steam, with the Union of South Africa in residence in a never-before-seen static display.
The iconic Union of South Africa steam locomotive is one of six surviving A4s, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for the London and North-eastern Railway in 1935, making it a unique opportunity for railroad enthusiasts iron and families.
Their unique streamlined design was revolutionary and gave them high-speed capability, and one of the class, 4468 Mallard, still holds the world record for fastest steam locomotive at 126 mph.
This is the first time that the Union of South Africa has been displayed for public access for any length of time on a single site.
This makes it a unique opportunity for people to explore the running board of this impressive locomotive.
ELR President Mike Kelly said: “We have enjoyed, for several years, seeing and riding behind this icon of the rails, one of six surviving A4 Gresley creations.
“We now have the unique honor of having been tasked with hosting the Union of South Africa for the remainder of 2022 as they retire from steam and make their first static appearance for people to admire. and enjoy it up close and personal.
“It really is a fantastic opportunity for people to step onto the running board of an iconic locomotive – and it will be something not to be missed for adults and children alike.”
The Bury Transport Museum is now open to the public with tickets available for purchase on the day.
Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children and can be used to enter the museum for a period of 12 months.
The museum will also host four exclusive evenings with Union of South Africa owner John Cameron throughout 2022, giving guests the opportunity to learn more about the iconic engine.
Mike added, “North West’s industrial heritage truly comes to life before your eyes at the museum, and we’ve expanded the offerings with new activities for kids and a host of special events planned throughout the year. .
“During the school holidays we will be running events including walk-in DIY workshops, and we can also run special tours for school groups during school terms, so there really is something for everyone.”
Full details of upcoming events, including Evenings with John Cameron, will be available shortly.
For more information, all ticket prices and event details, visit www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/plan-your-day-out/bury-transport-museum.