Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership recently took its promotional display to Glasgow Central Station, as part of ACoRP’s Community Rail in the City, promoting the Roman history to be found along the Tyne Valley Line, including Hadrian’s Wall. The display was staffed by TVCRP volunteers, with help from tourism partners from Hadrian’s Wall and Carlisle City Council.
The principal attraction on display was a five metre long model of the Hadrian’s Wall. The creation of the wall was a real community effort with wall artwork being taken on by the Haltwhistle Platform Painters, a group of octogenarians who meet regularly in Haltwhistle Station to paint. Also walking around the station were two re-enactors portraying a Roman soldier and a Celt, promoting the world heritage site. Produce form the area was also available, including local cakes and beers.
The partnership regarded the day as a great success, with the team handling over 800 enquiries over the course of the day, may local but also some from further afield – Russia, Austria, Canada and America.
Post event, the volunteers took a tour of Central Station, to see some the less accessible areas beneath the station. where goods were delivered and stored in Edwardian times, and later used by the Post Office Mail Trains.
TVCRP official, Fiona Forsyth, commented: “It’s a great opportunity to promote our local area and places people can visit by rail”.