Monthly Archives: February 2011

Flying Scotsman: trial-fitting the boiler, and livery news

A quick Flying Scotsman update: the boiler has been lowered onto the rolling chassis at Ian Riley’s yard in Bury. After a few minor adjustments, the boiler fitted well. The next stages of work will include the completion and installation of … Continue reading

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Railway tourist guides: part 1

BBC2 has recently been showing the second series of “Great British Railway Journeys”, featuring Michael Portillo’s travels around Britain by rail using an 1860s ‘Bradshaw’s Guide’. The first series led to a quite a few enquiries here in Search Engine … Continue reading

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A warning to trainspotters

While looking through one of the railway auction house catalogues, I was intrigued when I came across this sign from the old Nine Elms locomotive depot in South London. We had to have it. For a museum devoted to railways, we … Continue reading

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New finds from the Wolverton Works archive

Hi, I’m Alison, Project Archivist at the National Railway Museum. For the next six months, I’m cataloguing the archive of Wolverton Works. Wolverton, located on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, was the London North Western Railway company’s (LNWR) carriage works. The works produced all … Continue reading

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Flying Scotsman: now with wheels

From today, we’ll be bringing you regular blog updates on the restoration of the mighty Flying Scotsman. They’re actually the same updates that you can read at the Flying Scotsman website – but we know that many of you prefer to … Continue reading

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