Bluebell offers sneak peek into new ASH museum – The Railway Magazine
SHAREHOLDERS in the Bluebell Railway were treated to an advanced look inside the new Accessible Steam Heritage (ASH) museum at Sheffield Park during early September, ahead of its planned opening during October.
Part funded by a £1.1million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the facility provides an accessible home for several of the railway’s out-of-use locomotives, including cosmetically overhauled LBSCR ‘A1X’ 0-6-0T No. 55 Stepney and BR ‘4MT’ 4-6-0 No. 75027, plus LSWR ‘B4’ 0-4-0T Normandy and Adams ‘Radial’ 4-4-2T No. 488.
New elevated walkways have been installed to provide access to the locomotive cabs, while improved lighting and interpretation on walls and free-standing plinths help tell the story of the exhibits.
One of the main attractions for younger audiences will be a Stepney driving experience, in which visitors can try their hand at driving a mock-up of the real ‘Terrier’. Bluebell offers sneak peek into new ASH museum – The Railway Magazine