Liverpool railway museum idea

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20 May 2011
Does anyone know any more about this proposal?

Joe Riley: Liverpool railway museum idea building up a welcome head of steam
* by Joe Riley, Liverpool Echo
* May 31 2012

ENCOURAGING news on the move to establish a railway museum in Liverpool, which I announced last month.

It helps enormously that one of the backers of the public meeting was Liverpool University Vice Chancellor Sir Howard Newby, who also chairs the board of the National Railway Museum in York.

He is keen on the idea of 'branch line' associate museums, which must have rail access to transfer star exhibits.

Most favoured site is Edge Hill, starting point for the world's first passenger service.

But another contender is the Sugar Silo at Bank Hall.

Another key supporter is Andrew Pierce, head of Liverpool Heritage Forum.

Ironically he tells me he was in a museum in South America recently where full credit was already given to Liverpool's unique contribution to railway history.

So early days, but the idea does seem to be building up a welcome head of steam.

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Converting the truly enormous former Tate & Lyle sugar silo building into a branch of the National Railway Museum would be very exciting. I think (not sure?) it would necessarily involve re-instating a mothballed tunnel that runs underneath Merseyrail Bank Hall station.
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