Category Archives: Library and archive collections

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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Railway historian’s research legacy begins new life

We have teamed up with the Railway & Canal Historical Society (R&CHS) to create a new research tool based on the work of esteemed railway historian Alan Jackson. Jackson wrote many books in his lifetime and, as part of his … 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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