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Full steam ahead! The railway reaches Melton

The golden age of the steam railway is coming to Melton Carnegie Museum, with a new exhibition showcasing a painting recently added to our collections.In 2018, Leicestershire Museum Collections acquired an oil painting of a view of Melton Mowbray with the newly completed railway in the foreground. The actual title, date and artist are unknown, but it shows an unusual and interesting view of the town. Could it have been painted by local artist John Ferneley?The first trains from Syston ran into a temporary terminus station at Melton on September 1st 1846. The painting shows Melton station and goods yard apparently complete, perhaps in the summer of 1848 when passenger services began over the whole line from Leicester to Melton, Oakham, Stamford and Peterborough. Since the painting was acquired, we have had conservation work carried out to get it ready for display. The result is ‘Full Steam Ahead’ a new exhibition showcasing the painting alongside some of our other railway collections, which opens at Melton Carnegie Museum in summer 2021.

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