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How 4 ½ million servicemen drank tea at York Station

Today’s guest blog is written by our fantastic volunteer, Alexandra Baker, who has written about the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ canteen at York Station during WW1. During the First World War hundreds of thousands of servicemen passed through York Station on … Continue reading

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‘Germany becomes mobile’, with a little help from Coppernob.

Today’s guest blog was written by Sven Bracke, Curator at the Dresden Transport Museum. Coppernob is about to go on display there as part of their new exhibition.  On 8 April 2014 the special exhibition “Germany becomes mobile” will open at … Continue reading

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Privatisation : The Railway Revolution?

Today’s blog was written by John McGoldrick, Curator of Museum Collections, and looks at the privatisation of Britain’s railways – a process that began 20 years ago today.  Exactly 20 years ago to this day, the first building blocks in the privatisation … Continue reading

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World Book Day – How the railways spread a love of the written word

Happy World Book Day! Did you know that the railways had a huge impact helping spread a love of reading throughout the population? Below Karen, our Librarian, tells you how and shares one of the rarer books within our collection.  … Continue reading

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Making tracks for February half-term

It’s February half-term and we’ve got some fantastic activities happening. Our Train for the Tracks event is all about the jobs you can get working on the railways. To help any young engineers discover a passion for the railway we … Continue reading

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Railway Romance

Railways have always been linked to romance, either in the world of fiction or the real world of meeting loved ones under station clocks. Our recent Station Stories project collected people’s memories of the railways and it’s no surprise that … Continue reading

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A new look for King’s Cross Station

Last May we shared a blog talking about the King’s Cross redevelopment project, though it hadn’t yet reached the final stage it had won an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage in the area of conservation. Following the renovation of the original station … Continue reading

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Ten Years since the end of the Travelling Post Office

Today’s guest blog was written by Sarah Carr from the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) and looks at the history of the Travelling Post Office.  Ten years ago today the Royal Mail’s Travelling Post Offices (TPO) undertook their final journey. … Continue reading

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Going loco for Christmas Dinner

Cooking food on fires is definitely a man thing. In the summer you can see the majority of BBQs across the land manned by blokes, beer in hand, discussing the best ways to cremate a burger. Driving trains also used … Continue reading

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Slow Train to Switzerland

Today’s guest blog was written by the author Diccon Bewes. It covers the journey he made researching his new book ‘Slow Train to Switzerland’, following in the footsteps of an intrepid 19th Century holiday maker.   I needed to see a train. … Continue reading

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