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Whitehead rail museum up for top award

By Adrian Rutherford

A museum that transports visitors back to the steam train era has been shortlisted in a national railway heritage competition.

Whitehead Railway Museum in Co Antrim opened in October.

It is vying with the Swanage Railway in England for the prestigious Manisty Award in the annual Heritage Railway Association Awards.

The decision will be announced at a gala dinner in Birmingham on February 10.

The museum was developed by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI), with key funding support also coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Tourism NI.

RPSI chairman Canon John McKegney was overjoyed with the nomination. "We are delighted that Whitehead Railway Museum has received recognition in this highly regarded, UK-wide competition for heritage railway organisations," he said.

"We are proud of what has been achieved, and feedback from our visitors shows a high satisfaction rating.

"Creating the museum gives the RPSI an opportunity to show off the historic locomotives and items of rolling stock which would otherwise have been tucked away in our storage sheds, hidden from public view."

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