Category Archives: Conservation

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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The Lithographer’s Art

Many of the posters in our collection were produced using lithography, a print technique dating back to the 1860s and used right up to the 1970s. I recently went to a training day at Reading University to learn how lithography … Continue reading

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The secret messages revealed by our A4 loco restorers

During the work we’ve been doing to cosmetically restore LNER Class A4 60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower since it was repatriated from the US, we’ve uncovered a surprise: a list of names. In the US, Dwight’s motion was painted with several coats … Continue reading

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