The Oldest Australian Made Steam Engine - Sydney Circa 1845  
"The Steam Engine, then, we may justly look upon as the noblest machine ever invented by man-the pride of the machinist, the admiration of the observer"
 
  
 
 
 

 
 

The Turon Technology Museum (Museum of Power) displays the engines of the Industrial Revolution covering the period 1850-1950.

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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.

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Our exhibits

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.

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The Museum complex

Collection Highlights

  • 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
  • 3 turbines
  • 2 steam winches
  • 10 non-rotating steam pumps
  • 7 compressors
  • 10 of the above are all of heritage significance
  • 13 internal combustion engines (diesel, petrol and kerosene)
  • Stirling Hot Air Engine
  • 6 tractors
  • plus numerous instruments, gauges and pumps

Features

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.

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New Opening Days

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

2017

November 2017
Saturday 11th
Sunday 12th

Saturday 25th

December 2017
Saturday 9th
Sunday 10th

Saturday 23rd

2018

January 2018
Saturday 20th
Sunday 21st

February 2018
Saturday 11th
Sunday 12th

March 2018
Saturday 17th
Sunday 18th

April 2018
Saturday 14th
Sunday 15th

May 2018
Saturday 19th
Sunday 20th

June 2018
Saturday 16th
Sunday 17th

July 2018
Saturday 14th
Sunday 15th

August 2018
Saturday 18th
Sunday 19th

September 2018
Saturday 15th
Sunday 16th

October 2018
Saturday 20th
Sunday 21st

November 2018
Saturday 17th
Sunday 18th

December 2018
Saturday 15th
Sunday 16th


Inside the live steam display

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Cost*

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.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Picnic area
  • Disabled access
  • Buses welcome (groups please book)
  • Catering arranged
  • Parking for up to 100 vehicles

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