All aboard for rail exhibition

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NORTH Lanarkshire Heritage Centre celebrates the county’s role as the ‘cradle of Scotland’s railways’ with a new exhibition opening on Saturday called ‘All Aboard’.

Using a mix of artefacts from the council’s collection, archive plans, photographs, documents and audio-visual material, the exhibition traces the development of the local rail network since the 1840s, shortly after the first trains ran on the famous Stockton to Darlington route in England.

Lanarkshire’s rapid development in the 1850s and 60s saw the county’s railways become a vital link in the growth of the area’s heavy industry and associated trades.

Curator of industrial history Justin Parkes said: “Rail transport transformed the Scottish economy and landscape. It opened up new possibilities for industry, commerce and leisure.”

The exhibition is open from Mondays to Saturdays, 10am-5pm, until June 23 and admission is free.

There will be a series of weekend and holiday activities for children linked to themes from the exhibition.

For full details on these and related activities call the centre on 01698 274590.