Category Archives: Conservation

Conserving a model wagon

This is a post written by Museum Volunteer Philippa Beesley. Volunteering in the National Railway Museum’s Conservation Department is exciting, challenging and essential for professional development. Despite being a qualified objects conservator, the work involves the new challenge of large … Continue reading

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One year to research Crystal Palace subway

Today’s guest blog comes from Jules Hussey (and her colleague Sue Giovanni), on how Search Engine helped their ‘Inspired By Subway‘ research project on the Crystal Palace station. One year to research a subway? That can’t be too hard, can … Continue reading

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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

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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

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the 14th Carriage Restorers’ Convention 9-10 November 2013

The carriage restorer’s convention is an annual event and it is about restoration and networking with restorers from all over the UK. Our museum hosted the very first convection in 1999 and we were delighted when we were asked to … Continue reading

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How to paint the world’s fastest steam loco

Today’s guest blog was written by Ian Hewitt from Heritage Painting, the great team who cosmetically restored Mallard and Dwight D. Eisenhower.  In spring last year we were asked by the museum to quote for the repainting of two LNER … Continue reading

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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

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Which Borough Market are we dealing with?

As regular readers of this blog will know, the museum is currently restoring the external fabric of Borough Market Junction Signal Box. The work is being funded through the generous support of the Friends of the National Railway Museum, especially the … Continue reading

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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

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The world’s second oldest profession

Back in March, I was privileged to attend a three day course on water gilding at WestDeanCollege, the impressive home of the Edward James Trust. It was established by the late Edward James, reputedly an illegitimate son of Edward VII … Continue reading

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