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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Bradshaw and the Victorians

In his popular television programme, Great British Railway Journeys, Michael Portillo uses Bradshaw’s Tourist Handbook to navigate the British rail network.  However, Bradshaw was most famous for his monthly timetable, known as Bradshaw’s Railway Guide. For nineteenth-century passengers, the complexity of Bradshaw’s Guide … Continue reading

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Conserving ‘The Shark': part 1

This is the first in a series of blog posts by Robin Gibson, who’s working with Stathis Tsolis on the conservation of an 1860s locomotive model. Read Part 2 An introduction first I think: I’m Robin Gibson, a (very) mature student … Continue reading

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