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Piece of Burton’s history still going strong 125 years on

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

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A TEAM of railway enthusiasts are preparing to pay tribute to a piece of Burton’s history.

When Burton’s Bass brewery brought this saloon carriage to the town for the first time, Queen Victoria was still on the throne.

Royalty even graced the seats of the famous coach, as it carried King Edward VII during a tour of the brewery, which has since been acquired by Molson Coors, when he visited Burton early into his reign in 1902.

For the next 65 years, it transported the great and the good as they paid a visit to the brewing capital until the closure of the town’s internal railway system in 1967.

Falling into disrepair in recent years, the coach’s halcyon days appeared to be a distant memory.

That was until members of the Burton Railway Society took it upon themselves to restore it to its former glory.

Volunteers have been working hard to restore the carriage, currently on display at the National Brewery Centre, over the last three years, and with maintenance work due to recommence this summer, 2014 also marks 125 years since it was built in Victorian Manchester.

Chris Eaton, a member of the Burton Railway Society, who has led the project, said: “The society believes that the saloon coach, along with the other exhibits, provides a living history of part of Burton’s industrial heritage.

“To celebrate its 125th anniversary, we will be holding a celebratory drink in the vehicle.”

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