What is it?
Our exhibits show the development of steam and internal engine, the transition to the internal combustion engine and its development, also the lateral thinking which developed the turbine – the steam engine of the 20th century. Yes, this computer is steam powered – whether the steam is generated by coal or nuclear fuel is immaterial – a steam engine turned the alternator to make the electricity to make your computer work.
Where is it?
Situated just three hours drive from Sydney lies one of Australia’s more unusual museums. It’s at 5833 Ilford Road, Sofala, in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. If you are in a rush, don’t come! Our guided tours take two hours and many visitors stay five hours or more, enjoying the surroundings while they have a lazy lunch.
The exhibits are set out in seven buildings: starting with an c1845 horizontal steam engine and an 1866 Marshall portable engine (believed to be the oldest Marshall product in the world and the oldest documented portable in Australia) through to vertical and horizontal engines of the early 1900s. Then to kerosene diesel (1904) and on to the internal combustion engines of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, culminating with an English Electric Diesel engine of 2,200 BHP weighing in at 61 tons. Charles Parsons’ inventions are represented by a diminutive 32 volt locomotive turbine, a 67 BHP Parsons turbine and a 750BHP Metropolitan Vickers turbine.
Tangye Suction Gas Engine
Fowler steam roller
3 Marshall portable engines
Hornsby portable engine
Ransom Portable Engine
14 vertical steam engines
5 horizontal steam engines
“V” twin steam engine
3-cylinder radial steam engine
2 steam winches
10 non-rotating steam pumps
10 of the above are all of heritage significance
13 internal combustion engines (diesel, petrol and kerosene)
Stirling Hot Air Engine
plus numerous instruments, gauges and pumps
Each exhibit has a display card giving full information, while the cards on the walls of the museum list the engineering achievements of the century. Our guides reveal the personal history behind the exhibits, how they fitted into society and how the needs of society changed the design of the engines.
New Opening Days
Due to the rise in the dollar and the decline in local tourism, the Museum is now open every second weekend. Each of the following days from 10am till 4pm Coach and Group Bookings accepted at any time, but you must Book first ! Minimum of 20 in a group booking December 2014 Saturday 6th Sunday 7th Saturday 20th Sunday 21st
Admission $8 per person inc GST $24 family, (2 Adults,Children under 18) Free for Children under 12 *The Admission Charge includes a guided tour of the exhibits, after which visitors are encouraged to revisit exhibits which particularly interest them.
Toilets Picnic area Disabled access Buses welcome (groups please book) Catering arranged Parking for up to 100 vehicles