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Transporting the wounded: Railway ships as floating ambulances

At the outset of World War 1 the Admiralty requisitioned many ships from the fleets of Britain’s railway companies and their affiliates. These ships were converted to serve a number of purposes including the transport of wounded servicemen. Technically a … Continue reading

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Conserving the Mersey Railway poster

Over the last two years we’ve been working to conserve and frame the biggest poster in the National Railway Museum’s collection. At more than 2m x 3m its been a challenge, but it’s finally complete and ready for the wall. The … Continue reading

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Port of Richborough and the birth of the cross channel train ferry.

How to keep an army in the field supplied with sufficient arms, ammunition, food and other essential supplies to keep it effective is a fundamental question asked by all military commanders. The difficulty of this undertaking is increased when that … Continue reading

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MOR Music: Music On Rails – Spotlight on Vinnie & the Stars

Last week we met up with Craig Whitehead (lead singer of Vinnie & the Stars) to discuss their upcoming performance at our Music On Rails festival. Here is what he said: What type of music do you perform and how … Continue reading

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Recreating a First World War Ambulance Carriage

This is a post written by our Interpretation Developer Jane Sparkes The role of the British railways in the First World War is almost too huge to begin to contemplate: from 10 to 17 August 1914 alone, 68,847 men, 21,523 … Continue reading

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MOR Music: Music on Rails – Spotlight on The Rodeo Falls

We recently caught up with The Rodeo Falls, who will be performing at our MOR Music: Music On Rails festival on Saturday 6 September. Here’s what they had to say: What is the band’s background and how did you form? … Continue reading

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MOR Music: Music On Rails – Spotlight on Plumhall

We recently met up with Plumhall, who will be performing at our MOR Music: Music On Rails festival on Saturday 6 September. Here’s what they had to say: What genre of music do you play and what/who inspires your songwriting? … Continue reading

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The Million Go Forth: Early Railway Excursions

This is a guest post written by Susan Major What was it really like for ordinary people? When I started exploring topics for my research degree I wanted to investigate what the new 19th century railways in Britain meant to … Continue reading

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The most dangerous job of all

Simon Batchelor, our Assistant Curator of Collections, continues to explore the impact of World War One on Britain’s railways. Of all the tasks carried out by railway owned ships minesweeping was the most vital; it was tedious, it was relentless but … Continue reading

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Music on Rails – expect a musical treat!

On Saturday 6 September, the National Railway Museum along with MOR Music will be hosting a family friendly music extravaganza called Music on Rails. As a huge supporter of local music, I am particularly excited about this upcoming event, especially … Continue reading

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