Monthly Archives: August 2013

Picture of the week : how standards have declined…

Contrary to popular belief, back in the 1950s, when standards were allegedly higher than today, it appears that it was middle-aged businessmen in suits who put their feet up on the seats. I visualise Mr Pinstripe as one of those … Continue reading

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Too Complex for a Computer

Borough Market Junction was a traffic bottleneck. Six running lines flowed from London Bridge and diverged into four lines for Cannon Street and two for Waterloo East and Charing Cross. The core of the problem was the conflict of trains … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures: a sneak peek behind the scenes

We are taking part in the Collections Trust Hidden Treasures event this Bank Holiday (22-27 August). Which means you will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our less known and less seen railway treasures on … Continue reading

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The Great Central Vision

The Great Central Railway (GCR) conjures many images in the mind of the railway enthusiast, such as ‘the last mainline’ (a misnomer which lingers on) and the Robinson locomotives. Despite its relatively ephemeral working existence the GCR had, as Gary … Continue reading

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New look for our Library Catalogue

This post is to let you know that our library catalogue is changing at the end of August. As some of you may know who have used Search Engine, the our library catalogue is hosted by the University of York (we share … Continue reading

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Fares Fare

In 1844 The Railway Regulation Act set the 3rd class passenger fares at 1 penny a mile and stated that passengers should be able travel in covered coaches on a least one train a day in each direction. In 1844 … Continue reading

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Britain’s busiest signal box – Restored

Today, Friday 9th August, work began on restoring ‘Britain’s Busiest Signal Box’ to display condition. Over the next three weeks rotten wood will be cut out, new lap boarding applied and the whole structure given three coats of wood friendly … Continue reading

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Turning Gold to Lead; the first ‘Great Train Robbery’.

Today the words ‘Great Train Robbery’ mean the events of 8th August 1963, when a night mail train was robbed of its cargo of cash. But sitting on display at the National Railway Museum is a small wooden box and … Continue reading

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They were the Champions!

The vast majority of our railway uniform collections represent established railway occupations, ranging from porter to station master. However, once in a while, we acquire uniforms that evoke a certain moment in time – in this case the London 2012 … Continue reading

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