Category Archives: Library and archive collections

Remember these? How would you track the modern railway industry?

This is a guest post by Associate Archivist Alison Kay and the National Railway Museum volunteer team. Hundreds of railway companies have existed over the last 200 years, with even very recent companies fading into distant memory. The British railway industry has always … Continue reading

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Work and Play on a First World War Ambulance Train

The most recent addition to our rare book collection is an amazing insight into the lives of people who worked on ambulance trains during the First World War. The book was compiled by the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU)  and (in … Continue reading

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Just the ticket?

A visit to NRM’s Search Engine facility allows anyone to access what is arguably the world’s most extensive railway library and archive. Those who can’t make it to York for whatever reason can hire a researcher by using the Inreach team, … Continue reading

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Dunrobin – The Little Royal Engine

Whilst preparing some of our engineering drawings from our North British Locomotive Company collection for scanning recently, I came across this lovely drawing.

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Researching the trainspotters

Today’s blog was written by Amy Banks, our Interpretation Developer, and looks at some of the work being done to prepare an upcoming exhibition at the Museum. I’ve recently been investigating the subject of trainspotting which will be the focus of … Continue reading

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Railway marine staff among first prisoners of war

Today’s blog was written by Simon Batchelor, our Assistant Curator of Collections, and looks at the internment of railway marine staff at the outbreak of the First World War.  When Britain entered a state of war on August 4th  1914 there were still a … Continue reading

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How would British Railways survive nuclear attack?

Today’s blog was written by Tom Hercock. He’s been working at the museum on a placement from the Master of Archives and Records Management Course at Liverpool University.  Archivists normally hate the media describing archives as “lost” and “discovered”. My only excuse … Continue reading

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