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Big Bertha makes return trip for museum show

Posted on August 23 2007 at 1:40:37

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You may recall an appeal for photographs and other artefacts relating to the famous Big Bertha locomotive of the Lickey Incline for an exhibition staged last year at Bromsgrove Museum.

It was a fascinating display for anyone interested in railways, the Lickey Incline and the history of this area. Now you can book a return ticket as the exhibition is being re-staged until the end of September.

Big Bertha was built in 1919 to push heavy trains up one of Bromsgrove’s most famous landmarks; the 1 in 37 gradient, two-mile hill that trains have to climb on their journey from the south towards Birmingham.

Alastair Moseley, a lifelong railway enthusiast with a particular interest in this iconic locomotive, assembled the photographs and last year worked with the Bromsgrove Society, Museum staff and volunteers to put on the exhibition.

Alastair says: “It tracks Big Bertha from conception to scrapping with many of the photographs having never been published before.

“The pictures show the locomotive in many guises during her career, including her very first outing on 1 January 1920, fitted for oil burning in 1925, in the works in the 1940s and her very last repaint at Derby Works.” 

The Museum’s Curatorial Officer, Mariyam Ali, adds: “It is a great pleasure to once again host a popular exhibition, especially in our newly re-opened gallery.

“This photograph-based exhibition is sure to appeal to all, with children’s activities also available.”

The Museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am-12.30pm and 1- 4.30pm and admission is free. The exhibition ends on 27 September.

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