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The Rail Heritage Center has been officially opened in Doncaster, located inside the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum.

The center includes the Doncaster-built Green Arrow and No. 251 locomotives, on loan from the National Railway Museum, as well as rail-related exhibits and memorabilia from the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection.

This collection, started in 1948 by the school’s Railway Society, was initiated and ultimately curated by Tony Peart, a school student who continued to amass thousands of pieces until his death in 2006.

Many of these items are on display for the very first time and will be refreshed with additional exhibits at regular intervals.

The Center highlights the importance of the rail industry and the role Doncaster and its factories have played in rail history.

Damian Allen, Chief Executive of Doncaster Council, said: “It is fantastic to welcome to the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum the people who have helped to make this amazing Rail Heritage Center possible.

“Having two locomotives at our home in Doncaster, where they were built, complemented by an incredible array of rail-related exhibits and artefacts, is just amazing. Together they showcase the golden age of steam and the vital role Doncaster played in bringing it to life.

Andrew McLean, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of 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 locomotives built at Doncaster to add to the heritage rich railway and fascinating exhibitions.

“In celebrating Doncaster’s significant contribution to railways, I hope that future generations will be inspired to leave their mark by carrying on the technical heritage of this great city.”