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Train Enthusiasts Invited ‘All Aboard!’ New Exhibit

New family friendly railways exhibition ‘All Aboard’- steams into Perth Gallery and Museum opens this weekend, exploring the development of railways in the mid-nineteenth century and they heyday of rail travel.

The Perth Museum and Art Gallery has given the ‘All Aboard!’ signal to railway enthusiasts and history buffs around Highland Perthshire with the launch of their summer exhibit, celebrating the cultural impact of railways in the area.

All Aboard! Is a curated collection of railway related items from museums and private collectors.

Visitors will be invited to journey from the earliest horse drawn wagons and carriages to the heyday of rail travel when tourism boomed and location around Highland Perthshire provided the idyllic spot for tourists.

Collection Officers, Paul Adair, said:

It has been a delight to bring these exhibitions together, working with so many true enthusiasts who have given so freely of their time and expertise. The era of steam travel saw the railway network spread into many communities, and some people may be surprised to find there was once a railway station near them.

The museum team have worked to collect some rare and fascinating items for display in Perth including an early ‘portable’ telephone used by Highland Railway engineers.

Detailed models of locomotives from the pre-1923 groupings will also be on display such as the Caledonian, Highland and North British Railway companies.

To compliment the exhibition at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, the museum in Alyth will be looking at the now ‘lost line’ in Strathmore, from Stanley Junction to Craigo.

The ‘lost line’ was the Caledonian Railway Company’s main line south linking Carlisle, Stirling, Perth, and Aberdeen.

Several branch lines served local communities including Alyth and Coupar Angus and in the early 1960’s, with some of the fastest steam trains on the Glasgow to Aberdeen service travelled along the Strathmore line.

All Aboard! Will welcome guests oboard from 26th June at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

A programme of events for children, families and railway enthusiasts will run alongside the exhibition throughout the school holidays and details can be found on the Culture Perth and Kinross Website’s ‘Whats On’ section: www.culturepk.org.uk/whatson

Railways of Perth & Kinross – The Strathmore Line opens on 25th June at Alyth Museum.

Admission to both venues is free.

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