Monthly Archives: October 2010

Railway expressions: ‘Hell on wheels’ and ‘Whistle-stop’

Lately I have been thinking about the ways in which the railways have entered our national consciousness.  Lots of expressions we use today appear to have railway associations: ‘hit the buffers’, ‘wrong side of the tracks’, ‘letting off steam’ to name … Continue reading

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Poetry please!

On National Poetry Day (7 October), Search Engine launched a competition to find the next budding railway poet. Whether it’s the rhythm, the romance, the frustration or the majesty, there’s something about railways that has always inspired people to put … Continue reading

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Photos from 2009’s loco lighting competition

Just a quick note from me that, ahead of 30 October’s lighting competition in the Great Hall, we’ve uploaded some stunning photos of last year’s similar competition. A selection of photos below: the full gallery is on our Flickr page. … Continue reading

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Conserving ‘The Shark': part 2

This is the second in a series of blog posts by Robin Gibson, who’s working with Stathis Tsolis on the conservation of an 1860s locomotive model. Read Conserving ‘The Shark': part 1 After a few weeks within the conservation department on my … Continue reading

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Galas galore – celebrations at York and Shildon

I promised a recap on recent activities, and a spell of working from home has allowed me a little time to report on the 6th Annual Steam Gala at Shildon which took place on 25-26 September, and the Class 37 … Continue reading

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Class 37 at 50 – the NRM celebrates

Regular readers of the blog will have noticed two things recently. The first is the absence of posts from me – that’s due to time constraints and trying to get the day job done. If I can, I will backtrack … Continue reading

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Stanhope Forbes, Through the Marshes

The Museums Journal reported this week that Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Cornwall has acquired a painting by Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947) entitled ‘Inner Harbour – Abbey Slip’. The painting was acquired with the aid of the Friends of Penlee House and … Continue reading

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