museums and attractions

Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam

Abbey Pumping Station

One of the beam engines inside the main engine house.
One of the beam engines inside the main engine house.
One of the museum's fire engines, a Dennis F8.
One of the museum's fire engines, a Dennis F8.
" Lenny the Loco" giving rides on an event day.
Some of the vehicles out on display at an event.
Some of the vehicles out on display at an event.

Former Victorian sewage pumping station built in 1890 with four working steam powered beam engines. The museum houses a large science, industry and transport collection, including a working passenger narrow gauge railway.

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Operator

Leicester Museums

Address

Corporation Road Leicester Leicestershire LE4 5PX

  • 0116 299 5111
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Open days

Daily Feb-Oct 1100-1630.

Travel

By Bus: First 54, Skylink

By Rail: Leicester / 2 miles

The museum collects and displays the industrial, technological and scientific heritage of Leicester. Situated adjacent to the National Space Centre, the two attractions tell the story of over 150 years of Science & Technology from Victorian days of steam and industry to the space exploration of today.

The four massive steam engines were built in Leicester by Gimsons and today they are rare working examples of Woolf Compound Rotative beam engines. During selected special events the engines can be seen in steam.

The site's original 2ft gauge railway still functions and carries passengers on special event days. The museum houses a large collection of road transport with some of the earliest examples such as a 1911 Leyland tower wagon through to a prototype electric Mini van built in 1965.  

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