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Marcon given role in developing £3m rail museum

By John Mulgrew

Antrim fit-out firm Marcon has been appointed to carry out work on a new £3m railway museum.

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) has taken on the company for the work at the facility in Whitehead.

Marcon will be responsible for the manufacture and installation of the joinery, display cases, integration of audio visual hardware and installation of graphics within the new museum space.

It will work alongside Scottish firms GBDM and CMC Associates to develop the centre.

The RPSI says it hopes to open the Whitehead Railway Museum next March.

Martin McErlean, heritage contracts manager at Marcon, said: "The RPSI does some amazing work, showcasing and restoring historically important locomotives and protecting our railway heritage for the next generation.

"We are really excited to be working on this living museum that will tell the story of the development of the railways and the RPSI in an engaging way.

"Visitors of all ages will be able to watch from a viewing gallery as work is carried out on locomotives within the engineering workshops.

"Securing this major museum contract further enhances our reputation as a leading fit-out provider within the UK and Irish museum and heritage sector."

Denis Grimshaw, RPSI chairman, said it hoped to attract around 15,000 visitors to the museum in its inaugural year.

"An exciting element of the museum will be the opportunity for visitors to walk through historic carriages, examine mainline steam engines at close quarters and see the engineering works in action," he added.

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