Everyone knows Doncaster is the home of the Flying Scotsman and the Mallard, but did you know that steam locomotives are still being built in Doncaster today?
One of these locomotive; the Silver Lady has been built in Doncaster by the Roundhouse Engineering Company and found fame as the star of the Channel 4 series ‘The Biggest Little Railway in the World’
But, the Silver Lady sadly won’t be seen taking people around the country on heritage rail trips as she’s only a foot long and a scale replica of the full size locomotives.
One of the only places you can get up close to her and other locomotives of this size is the ‘Making Tracks – The Next Stop’ exhibition which celebrates the engineering greats of Doncaster in what is ‘2018 The Year of the Engineer’
These precision built model locomotives some of which are radio controlled are built from scratch, with all the components cast and machined at the Roundhouse Engineering Co., in Doncaster. Harry Harrison the general manager of the company along with the workforce of 20 people who make and built these working steam powered engines dispatch these precision engineered models to customers around the world.
This company is probably the only remaining commercial builders of steam locomotives in Doncaster helping to promote and retain precision engineering skills.
Making Tracks - The Next Stop Exhibition is at the Frenchgate Shopping Centre in Doncaster until the 15th of March.