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Do the locomotion

Pete Waterman to open event at MOSI's Transport Festival

Published on August 3rd 2009.


Do the locomotion

It's a bit of a niche audience this one, but MOSI's Transport Festival should get certain kids and certain big kids very excited. It's a week of road and rail activities from 8-16 August with an impressive display of classic cars, lorries, fire engines, bicycles, steam rollers and more.

MOSI are going to fit as many model and full-sized Garratts as possible onto their site – if you've got one, bring it along.

Highlights include the gathering of Garratt locomotives on 14-16 August, which will be opened by Eighties pop producer and railway enthusiast Pete Waterman. Fact fans will know that Pete has an extensive private collection of railway models and railway layouts, and that the Garratt is a famous steam train first produced at Beyer, Peacock's Gorton works in January 1909 – making it 100-years-old this year.

MOSI are going to fit as many model and full-sized Garratts as possible onto their site – if you've got one, bring it along. There'll be two model railways installed specially for the weekend, including the 'O' Gauge Hassall Harbour Bridge.

There'll also be a guided tour of the remaining elements of the original Beyer, Peacock works in Gorton on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August. A vintage bus will leave the museum site at regular intervals between 10.30am and 4.30pm. And you can enjoy a steam train ride around MOSI's historic site behind a special Beyer, Peacock works shunting locomotive, or the usual replica of Robert Stephenson's 1830 Planet locomotive.

There's also railway-related theatre for youngsters and costumed character performances: Meet Mr and Mrs Chadwick and MP William Huskisson, rail travellers from the 1830s, and discover the trials and tribulations of travelling by train on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. (Or make the Manchester-Liverpool journey any week day during rush hour and experience the trials and tribulations first-hand.)

If you get there early on Sunday 9 August, you can catch the start of the A6 Charity and Classic Vehicle Rally. There'll also be a chance to take a trip on a special vintage bus that will be running throughout August between MOSI, Manchester Transport Museum and Heaton Park Tramway.

The Transport Festival, MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry), 8-16 August, 10am-5pm, admission free, train rides £1, 0161 832 2244, www.mosi.org.uk

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