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Crème de la Crème

One of our fantastic volunteers, Tania, looks at the extraordinary measures British Railways took to test their ice cream.  You would think that British Railways’ scientific and chemical analysis departments would be concerned solely with the technical side of railway operations. However whilst myself and … Continue reading

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How 4 ½ million servicemen drank tea at York Station

Today’s guest blog is written by our fantastic volunteer, Alexandra Baker, who has written about the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ canteen at York Station during WW1. During the First World War hundreds of thousands of servicemen passed through York Station on … Continue reading

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Model students mark record for world’s oldest working model railway

Associate Curator Russell Hollowood  talks about the world’s oldest working model railway. March 2014 found Students of Carr Junior School, York, helping the museum celebrate a world record – when the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway School of Signalling display was … Continue reading

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‘Germany becomes mobile’, with a little help from Coppernob.

Today’s guest blog was written by Sven Bracke, Curator at the Dresden Transport Museum. Coppernob is about to go on display there as part of their new exhibition.  On 8 April 2014 the special exhibition “Germany becomes mobile” will open at … Continue reading

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Privatisation : The Railway Revolution?

Today’s blog was written by John McGoldrick, Curator of Museum Collections, and looks at the privatisation of Britain’s railways – a process that began 20 years ago today.  Exactly 20 years ago to this day, the first building blocks in the privatisation … 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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Railway ships and the birth of the Aircraft Carrier.

Our Assistant Curator, Simon Batchelor, talks about the little-known role of railway ships in the birth of the Aircraft Carrier. At the outbreak of the First World War the idea of aerial warfare was in its infancy. The Royal Navy had … Continue reading

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World Book Day – How the railways spread a love of the written word

Happy World Book Day! Did you know that the railways had a huge impact helping spread a love of reading throughout the population? Below Karen, our Librarian, tells you how and shares one of the rarer books within our collection.  … Continue reading

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My Favourite Object: Flaman Speed Recorder

For a long time, most of the world’s railway locomotives were not fitted with any kind of speed indicating device. In France, however, Nicolas Flaman designed a unit which was fitted to most French locomotives even before the outbreak of … Continue reading

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The Alan Jackson Archive

Background Alan Jackson was an inveterate collector of information on all aspects of the railways and recorded his data on a series of index cards.  He left his collection of cards and supporting material to the Railway and Canal Historical … Continue reading

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