Monthly Archives: November 2012

Picture of the week: The Great Hall of Euston station, 1890

We’ve just launched a new railway photos section on our main website, with over 3500 images from our gigantic photo collection. It’s only a tiny proportion of the over 1.75 million photographs we have in stores – we’re concentrating for … Continue reading

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How British Rail limited the butter on its sandwiches, and other Station Stories

Love it or loathe it, the provision of food by railway companies has always been an important part of the rail passenger experience. The fare on offer has varied from the luxurious hampers available to first class passengers in the … Continue reading

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The railway link to a 131-year-old shipwreck

In Search Engine, our archive and library centre, we receive many thousands of enquiries each year by letter and email. We get some fascinating questions, and one recent query was quite unusual, so I thought I’d share it with you. A few … Continue reading

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The piece of plastic that keeps the rail network running

This dispatch baton, recently donated to the museum, may be a familiar sight to many of you. It is usually wielded by a member of platform staff at larger stations to signal that a train is ready to leave If … Continue reading

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Railway romance, fun, and mischief: Station Stories

Hello. I’m Steph and I’ve been volunteering on the Station Stories project. I’ve really enjoyed reading and listening to all the stories people have submitted. I’ve selected some of my favourites so far. I’ve read many lovely stories about romance … Continue reading

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Exploring our luggage label collection

As part of the Station Hall redevelopment I’ve been looking through our collection of luggage labels. We’ll be reproducing some of these labels and using them on the new exhibits that will be installed in Station Hall. Here are a few … Continue reading

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