Monthly Archives: August 2012

What is this mystery railway guide?

While tackling one of our last remaining ‘black holes’ of library material in the store this week, I came across this rather unusual book: Richardson’s Railway Guide. It’s about the size and thickness of early timetables from George Bradshaw’s famous series and, … Continue reading

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Mallard 75: moving a loco 75 feet sideways and 1800 miles east

How to move something that weighs over 100 tons 75 feet sideways and then about 1800 miles to Halifax, Canada – over twice the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats? So that then all you need to do is … Continue reading

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Railway station lost property: 3350 gloves, 2280 umbrellas, and live animals

Whilst doing some research for Station Hall, I stumbled across an article about lost property at railway stations, written by an HJ Prytherch in 1898.  He comes across as quite a stern chap, who didn’t take kindly to people leaving … Continue reading

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Gentlemen prefer trains

Hi everyone – I’m Cheryl, an Interpretation Developer here working on The East Coast Time Line, the museum’s first ever iPhone app. A little while ago I promised to bring you some sneak peeks into some of the themes that … Continue reading

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See your object on display in Station Hall

Almost a year ago to the day, I asked people to donate their old suitcases for us to use in Station Hall. We had a great response, and many of the items came with fantastic stories – from Herman Booth’s … Continue reading

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‘Skegness is SO bracing’ – back to its bracing best

There are now only three weeks left to see our summer holiday exhibition Hints for Holidays, which showcases some stunning examples from our poster collections. John Hassall’s ‘Skegness is SO Bracing’ is one of the most iconic British railway posters … Continue reading

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How to clean a 124-year-old model ship

We have recently completed the conservation of two of our ship models. It may sound unusual that the National Railway Museum collection includes maritime artefacts – but bear in mind that over the past 100 years, ferry services played a … Continue reading

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