Barnsley College Construction students are gearing up to restore a train carriage originally built in 1885, belonging to the Hull and Barnsley Railway Company. Level 2 Joinery students will carry out the work experience in early 2020 at Elsecar Heritage Centre under the guidance of College tutors and staff from the Hull and Barnsley Railway Stock Fund.
The Hull and Barnsley Railway Company Coach Number 1 was made redundant after 34 years of loyal service, finding fresh employment in 1919 in South Wales on the Neath and Brecon Railway before being made redundant again in 1926 by the Great Western Railway. The Coach came to rest in Monmouthshire for close to 50 years before it was acquired by the National Museum of Wales near Cardiff in 1986 and was donated to the Hull and Barnsley Railway Stock Fund in 2012.
The Hull and Barnsley Railway Stock Fund was founded in 1968 to purchase, restore and maintain examples of rolling stock belonging to the former Hull and Barnsley Railway Company.
Danny Rossie, Deputy Head of C-STEM at Barnsley College, said: “The C-STEM department is fully committed to community projects within Barnsley. When Peter Cox, Publicity and Fund Raising Officer at Hull and Barnsley Railway Stock Fund, contacted us concerning this project we agreed straight away.
“This is a brilliant community project for our students to get involved with. They will gain hands-on experience of working on something that has such a historical value to the local area and beyond.”
Project Leader Allan Halman added: “We are overjoyed that Barnsley College Construction students will be involved with restoring the Hull and Barnsley Railway carriage.
“This will be a great experience for them. The carriage was built in 1885 so the students will be able to view first-hand the joinery techniques used during that period.”
Last updated: 10th December 2019
Originally posted on: 10th December 2019