A new rail heritage centre has been opened in Doncaster’s Danum Gallery, Library and Museum.
Its opening was marked recently by Doncaster Council, the trustees of the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection and the National Railway Museum.
Many of the exhibits at the Rail Heritage Centre are on display for the first time. Visitors will be able to see the Doncaster-built Green Arrow and No. 251 locomotives, loaned from the National Railway Museum, and masses of rail-related exhibits and memorabilia from the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection. Further exhibits will refresh its offering to visitors.
At the core of the centre’s mission is the underlining of the role Doncaster and its plant works played in rail history.
Damian Allen, chief executive of Doncaster Council, who was present at the event, said: “It is fantastic to welcome to Danum Gallery, Library and Museum the people who have contributed to making this astounding Rail Heritage Centre possible.
“It’s been a true partnership effort. Having two locomotives back home in Doncaster where they were built, complemented by an incredible array of rail related exhibits and artefacts is just incredible. Together they showcase the golden age of steam and the vital role Doncaster played in making it happen.”
Trustees of the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection have also released a new book titled ‘Treasures in the Tower’. The book, on sale at the museum and the Doncaster Tourist Information Office, tells the story of the unique collection they built up over many decades.
Andrew McLean, head curator and assistant director at the National Railway Museum, said: “The National Railway Museum is proud to partner with Doncaster Council to loan two of the most iconic of all Doncaster-built locomotives to add to the rail heritage centre’s rich and fascinating displays.
“By celebrating Doncaster’s important contribution to the railways, I hope future generations will be inspired to make their own mark in continuing the engineering legacy of this great town.”