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On Track: Reading Railways - Past, Present and Future

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Our plans for a major railway-themed exhibition during the 2016 Reading Year of Culture are gathering momentum. The exhibition will open on 21 May 2016 and traces the growth and impact of railways since the opening of the Railway Station at Reading in 1840, right up to the present day.

Reading Station 1852 and new railway infrastructure being built in 2013 - a glimpse of the future

Great Western Railway is delivering a high profile promotional campaign for the exhibition and UTC Reading is on board as the project’s education and learning partner.

The exhibition was given a further significant boost with a sponsorship deal with Resourcing Solutions Ltd, the Reading-based rail and engineering recruitment specialist.

Richard Lawrance, CEO of Resourcing Solutions, said: 'We are delighted to be able to support Reading Museum to tell this fascinating story. There are parallels between our company’s success today and how businesses like Suttons Seeds took off and flourished in the past, thanks to the railways.'

Reading’s railway heritage is a huge story and well represented in the museum's social history collection, but we would really like to include more personal items from Reading people who have used or worked on the railways. These could be anything from a train spotter’s notepad to a workman’s shovel or a daily commuter’s first season ticket.

Trainspotters (Courtesy Didcot Railway Centre)

Overseeing the project, Museum Manager Matthew Williams said: ‘We would really like to discover more personal stories from Reading people who have used or worked on the railways. If people have kept souvenirs, we’d love to see them. We want the exhibition to focus on the people’s history of Reading’s Railway.’

If you have items suitable for the exhibition, please contact Brendan Carr (Community Engagement Curator) on 0118 937 3548 or by emailing

Logos of Resourcing Solutions Ltd, UTC Reading and Great Western Railway, sponsors of the Reading's Railways exhibition

Date updated: 13 Jan 2016

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Website of Didcot Railway Centre


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