Secret Railway Collection

Secret Railway Collection

An article by Darren Burke in Chad talks about a collection of memorabilia from the golden days of Britain’s railways is set to steam into Doncaster this week.

A haul of artefacts stretching back through the decades and which has remained hidden from public view for years will finally be put in the spotlight with a week long exhibition at the town’s Mansion House.

The Doncaster Grammar School collection was started in the 1930s when pupils and teachers at the school – now Hall Cross Academy – set up a railway society.

Over the years, members collected signs, nameplates, lamps, signal posts and thousands of other items of railwayana, building up an archive of items from the golden age of steam.

Now they are to see the light of day after decades in storage – and there are hopes the collection could be put on permanent view if a suitable base is found in Doncaster town centre.

Dave Rogerson, who is helping to put on the exhibition as part of Doncaster Rail Week, said: “It is an amazing collection, but has been hidden away for too long. It is now time it was brought into the public arena.

“It is only in the last few years people have started to become aware of it. It has been well-known among railway circles, but it is time it was brought to a much wider audience.”

The collection has its beginnings in 1937, when members received a signed photo of famed railway engineer Sir Nigel Gresley, the man responsible for the world famous Doncaster-built Mallard steam locomotive.

Over the following decades, they amassed a collection of rare and precious items, including the original nameplates of the Gresley-designed Cock O’ The North steam locomotive, a huge collection of miscellaneous items and the nameplates of other engines including Doncaster and Hush Hush.

A selection of some of the best items will be made open to the public for the first time from Thursday until Thursday, February 12.

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There is also a Festival Of British Railway Modelling in Doncaster on the 7/8th of February 2015 


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