Two railway exhibitions

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The Bramley Line Heritage Railway Trust is staging two exhibitions to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway and the 60th anniversary of the Rev Awdry’s arrival in Wisbech.

An exhibition on the Tramway opens at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum on 9 July, exactly 130 years after the first tram ran as far as Outwell.

Wisbech Mayor, Councillor Samantha Hoy, is due to open the exhibition at a lunchtime preview for invited guests, with public viewing from 2pm. The exhibition will include photographs and postcards, video and audio presentations, and a static model railway layout. It runs until 14 September.

Continuing the celebrations, a model railway exhibition will be held in the Wisbech Institute over the weekend of 14/15 September. It will include Richard Stowe’s model of the full tramway route.

Simon King, chairman of the Bramley Line Heritage Railway Trust says: “It is very appropriate to be celebrating these events when the re-opening of the railway line is on the agenda. Wisbech has a wonderful heritage and the story of its unique railway is an important part of that. Keeping it alive is a key factor in encouraging tourists to visit Wisbech.”

Further details of the exhibitions will be available from the Wisbech Information Centre, 4 Post Office Lane, Wisbech (01945 464058) or email: nearer the dates.