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A restored working gas engine painted bright green A restored working gas engine painted bright green

© Andy Brown

© Andy Brown

Crossley Gas Engine

Continuing Display

Kelham Island Museum

The Crossley Gas Engine was made by Crossley Brothers Ltd in Manchester in 1915. It drove a small steel rod and bar rolling mill in Sheffield belonging to George Clark and remained in use in the city until 1970. It’s the largest single cylinder engine manufactured by the Crossleys and a rare survivor of its type.


Gas powered engines were developed in the 1860s by people searching for better ways to provide power and drive machines. Such engines were the answer to the industry’s need for small, simple and economic power units for small factories and workshops which could be used almost anywhere.

Pioneers of internal combustion engine production, Crossley became famous for making engines and cars, becoming one of the best-known builders of gas engines in UK.

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Tue-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 11am-4pm

***We’re unable to run the River Don Engine on Sat 27 Jul due to staff illness. We’re sorry if you were hoping to see it then, but you can catch it in steam on Thu, Fri & Sun this week.***

The Upper Transport Gallery and Simplex Car display will be closed for an event on Sat 27 Jul, 10 Aug, 17 Aug & 24 Aug.

***The Exhibition Pod will close for redisplay on 24 July and reopen 2 August***

Kelham Island Museum

Alma Street


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Crossley Gas Engine

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