Category Archives: Image collections

The Permanent Way by Stanhope Forbes

Stanhope Forbes’ poster ‘The Permanent Way’ is unusual among railway posters in that it doesn’t show an idyllic holiday destination or stylish engine whooshing through a scenic landscape. It shows the railway workers who kept the lines running; laying, checking … Continue reading

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Our poster collection is growing

The National Railway Museum posters are a captivating collection comprising more than 11,300 items dating from 1804 to the present day. The collection includes examples from the pre-grouping railway companies, the Big Four, British Railways and some items from private … Continue reading

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Winners announced: Landscape Photographer of the Year

I’m currently working on our next art gallery exhibition, which is a little different to previous exhibitions. We’re working with the Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year competition to showcase some stunning railway photography. The Network Rail Lines in … Continue reading

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Free event: Coming Home From the Front Line – wartime ambulance train travel

The National Railway Museum archive and library collections reveal what it would have been like for patients, doctors and nurses to travel on ambulance trains during wartime. The below image shows a basic ambulance train; sometimes these were nothing more … Continue reading

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From the photo collection: unexpected finds

One of my favourite parts of my job is image research. We’re lucky to have a fantastic photographic collection here at the National Railway Museum, and you can see thousands of examples on our website. Through ssplprints.com we can also … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures: a sneak peek behind the scenes

We are taking part in the Collections Trust Hidden Treasures event this Bank Holiday (22-27 August). Which means you will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our less known and less seen railway treasures on … 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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King’s Cross redevelopment wins heritage award

The redevelopment of Kings Cross Station has been awarded an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage in the area of conservation. The work on Lewis Cubitt’s 1852 Grade 1 listed station built for the Great Northern Railway has transformed the way passengers … Continue reading

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Picture of the week: royals in Rochdale

Here’s another image from our ever-increasing online photo collection. This one’s the choice of Ruth Leach, our Interpretation Developer: Over the last year or so I’ve frequently turned to our image collection for inspiration for the Station Hall redevelopment. When I was … Continue reading

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Amazing 3D photos of the London Underground from over 100 years ago

Update: scroll down for the 3D photos In honour of the 150th birthday of the tube, we’ve dug out these eerie pictures of Euston underground station, taken in 1908 – a year after the station was opened by the City and … Continue reading

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