Author Archives: Russell Hollowood

Captain Bill and the ‘Old Lady’

Captain W G (Bill) Smith VRD, RNVR, is not a name that many people, outside of the world of railway preservation, have heard of.  But Bill, an important railway pioneer, is memorialised in two locomotives and a set of nameplates, … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Museum news, Small object collections | 1 Comment

Borough Market Junction Buttons up for Winter

Thanks to the generosity of the Southern Friends, Borough Market Junction Signal Box has been the subject of major restoration work in 2013. Considered the ‘Busiest signal box in Britain’, because it handled almost 100 trains an hour at peak times, … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Museum news | 3 Comments

Creating a future for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Signalling School

2013 began with a celebration for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Signalling School Railway, as we marked the layouts 100th birthday. 2013 is now ending with a milestone project as the layouts operational handbook is almost complete. So why do we … Continue reading

Posted in Museum news | 2 Comments

Ticking the Box

Sandhill Crossing is not one of Britain’s great rail locations; it is a quiet rail crossing on the Selby to Hull railway line; but its keepers hut is about to join the National Railway collection. Why? Britain’s railways were once … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation | Leave a comment

Too Complex for a Computer

Borough Market Junction was a traffic bottleneck. Six running lines flowed from London Bridge and diverged into four lines for Cannon Street and two for Waterloo East and Charing Cross. The core of the problem was the conflict of trains … Continue reading

Posted in Museum news | Leave a comment

Fares Fare

In 1844 The Railway Regulation Act set the 3rd class passenger fares at 1 penny a mile and stated that passengers should be able travel in covered coaches on a least one train a day in each direction. In 1844 … Continue reading

Posted in Museum news | 1 Comment

Britain’s busiest signal box – Restored

Today, Friday 9th August, work began on restoring ‘Britain’s Busiest Signal Box’ to display condition. Over the next three weeks rotten wood will be cut out, new lap boarding applied and the whole structure given three coats of wood friendly … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Museum news | 5 Comments

Turning Gold to Lead; the first ‘Great Train Robbery’.

Today the words ‘Great Train Robbery’ mean the events of 8th August 1963, when a night mail train was robbed of its cargo of cash. But sitting on display at the National Railway Museum is a small wooden box and … Continue reading

Posted in Small object collections | 1 Comment

Happy 100th birthday to a tiny railway with a big history

The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Signalling School – a model railway layout used to train real-life signallers  – recently celebrated its 100th birthday with a three-day have-a go event here at the museum. On Friday, our director Paul Kirkman (below, … Continue reading

Posted in Small object collections | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The secret life of a museum exhibit

The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway signalling school layout (L&Y) was built in 1912 to teach railway workers the art of signalling trains. You might imagine that this training aid from the Edwardian age would have no place on the 21st … Continue reading

Posted in Small object collections | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments