Rail collection new addition

Doncaster's tourism manager Colin Joy with a copy of a programme from the British Exhibition of 1924. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/06c
Doncaster's tourism manager Colin Joy with a copy of a programme from the British Exhibition of 1924. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/06c

A programme from an exhibition dating back to 1924 is the latest addition to Doncaster’s collection of historic railway memorabilia.

The programme was put on display at the Mansion House last week and formed part of a 1920s exhibition which featured the Flying Scotsman.

The locomotive was one of the star attractions of the British Empire Exhibition, a show which helped propel the Doncaster-built engine to international fame.

The 91-year-old programme was donated during Doncaster’s inaugural rail week, and is said to form a missing piece of the puzzle in the vast Doncaster Grammar School collection of railway memorabilia.

The programme belonged to Balby resident Joyce Smith, and was handed over to support plans to give the collection a permanent home in the borough.

It is currently stored away behind closed doors in Hall Cross Academy.

Mrs Smith, who inherited the piece from her father, a railway worker, said she felt compelled to do her bit for the cause after visiting the Rail Week display.

Page upon page of the publication is devoted to intricate details of the Flying Scotsman, detailing how Doncaster’s army of rail workers brought Sir Nigel Gresley’s design to life.

“I think Doncaster’s importance has been lost on some generations, that’s why I wanted to help the cause,” said Mrs Smith.

Rail week organisers said they were ‘delighted’ with the donation and the success of the event.

More than 1,000 people passed through the doors of Mansion House for the exhibition, with 100 per cent of feedback forms completed by visitors showing support for a permanent museum celebrating Doncaster’s rail heritage.