Ilkley engineers keep it in the family

Wharfedale Observer: Alfie Moore running a shaping machine Alfie Moore running a shaping machine

Members of an Ilkley family have been putting their engineering skills to good use for visitors to a Lancashire engine museum.

While Dave Moore has exhibited his home-built motor cycle at Bancroft Mill Engine Trust, Barnoldswick, his nephew, ten-year-old Alfie Moore, has impressed visitors with his model steam engines.

Mr Moore, an engineer with Ilkley company Spooner, exhibited his home-built ‘Triton’ motorcycle at the museum last weekend, and introduced it to the public in the engine hall.

The name Triton was adopted because the bike’s major parts come from Triumph and Norton motorcycles of the 1960s, but everything else is custom made.

Members of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club and the general public were arriving long before the museum was open and Mr Moore’s day was spent answering questions whilst removing and replacing the tank to enable the more curious to see the engine.

Meanwhile, young modeller Alfie, a pupil at Ben Rhydding Primary School, has been impressing visitors with his model steam engines.

A member of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, the Rev Michael Hill, visited the museum several months ago and saw a model steam engine being propelled by visitors using a tyre pump, and raising funds for the museum.

He decided that their museum at the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway on the Firth of Forth could also use one for youth educational and fund raising purposes, but was surprised to find himself negotiating with ten-year-old Alfie.

Alfie had made parts for the first engine with the help of his grandfather and agreed to set about making another.

After presenting the finished engine at Bo’ness Station, Alfie and his brother Jake were treated to a tour of the station.

They were shown behind the scenes and given a ride on the footplate of a working locomotive. Alfie also accepted a donation to the Bancroft Mill Engine Trust.

A third member of the family, Harry Moore, organises events at Bancroft Mill and is the museum’s fundraiser.

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