Pictures from a long weekend in Manchester and Salford in late September.

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Large machinery on show at the extensive Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).


A railway engine in a rarely seen cutaway view!


A fascinating display on the network of delivering hydraulic power (at enormous pressures of nearly 80 times atmospheric) throughout central Manchester before the widespread use of electricity.


A replica Planet locomotive (Robert Stephenson & Co.).


The somewhat quirky and unusual National Gas Museum! A reminder of the filthy business of producing gas from coal production before the conversion to natural gas.



The Salford Quays sit at the end of the Manchester Ship Canal. After falling into disuse with the rise of large shipping containers in the 1970s, the quays were the focus of a major regeneration effort in the 1990s. In front is the huge MediaCityUK complex, to which large sections of the BBC are being relocated. The Lowry arts centre is on the right, and the Daniel Libeskind-designed Imperial War Museum North is off the picture to the left.

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Art from the Imperial War Museum North: (L) an iconic image of the London Blitz, Leonard Rosoman’s “A House Collapsing on Two Firemen”; (R) a striking sculpture “The Crusader”.

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