Music legend opens rail exhibit in Doncaster

Mike Waterman opened the Making Track rail exhibition at Doncaster
Mike Waterman opened the Making Track rail exhibition at Doncaster

A music legend was on hand to officially open a rail exhibit in Doncaster yesterday.

Pete Waterman, from the well-known trio Stock, Aitken and Waterman, was at Frenchgate for the opening of the Doncaster Making Track - Past, Present and Future exhibition.

Rail enthusiasts and visitors up and down the country have been enjoying a haul of rare rail artefacts that have remained hidden for years.

The exhibition opened to the public on Monday and will run until March 7.

It features historic exhibits including locomotive name plates and pictures of the Silverlink train signed by Sir Nigel Gresley - the railway engineer responsible for the world-famous Mallard and Flying Scotsman steam locomotives built at Doncaster Plant Works .

The works is just a stone’s throw from the exhibition.

The display was established in the 1930s by the Doncaster Grammar School’s railway society.

The exhibition’s trustees have confirmed they are looking at sites with a view to creating a permanent exhibition in the borough.

Dave Rogerson said it was important Doncaster recognised the importance of the industry in the town’s history.

“Modern Doncaster was largely created by the railway, its present prosperity is partially dependent on the railway and its future will probably continue to include a large input from the railway,” Mr Rogerson said.

“However, there is no extensive telling of the story locally.”

Mr Waterman is a rail enthusiast, and his achievements with songwriting and production partners Mike Stock and Matt Aitken are well-known.

Their most successful period was from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s.

They wrote Never Gonna Give You Up for Rick Astley and I Should Be So Lucky for Kylie Minogue. Both songs went to number one in the UK in 1987, as did their 1988 song Especially for You, which was a duet for Jason Donovan and Kylie.