Monthly Archives: March 2014

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.

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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. 

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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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