Monthly Archives: December 2014

“To secure peace is to prepare for war”

This is a guest blog post written by Assistant Curator of Collections, Simon Batchelor Within the collections of the National Railway Museum lie several reminders that in pre-war Britain there was a sense of foreboding concerning the preparedness of the country … Continue reading

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Cooking a Christmas dinner in Teddy’s smokebox

This is a guest post written by Rail Operations Manager, Noel Hartley To say a huge thank you to the volunteers who helped out the communications team this year, the department decided to cook a full Christmas dinner in the … Continue reading

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Ambulance trains in 1914 “This is Christmas, and the world is supposed to be civilised”

We have become familiar with images of wartime Christmas truces where fighting stopped, football matches were played and carols were sung, but this certainly wasn’t the universal experience on the Western Front a hundred years ago. Ambulance trains did not … Continue reading

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Christmas Crash Test for School of Signalling Model Railway

This is a guest post written by Associate Curator of Railways, Russell Hollowood. On 29 December 2014, the School of Signalling Model Railway will abandon part of its usual operating programme to recreate the rail crash at Irk Valley Junction on … Continue reading

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How our winter weather nearly won an Oscar  

This is a guest post written by Associate Curator of Railway Collections, Simon Batchelor. Now that Bonfire Night and Remembrance Sunday have passed we can begin to look forward to winter, and for film buffs that means the start of … Continue reading

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The ABC of trainspotting literature: adventure, pedantry and fun

As part of our Trainspotting Season I have been looking in a bit more detail at the literature of the hobby – the many guides, memoires and journals that have featured large in railway publishing since the boom of interest started … Continue reading

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Explore, Build, Move, Pretend

This blog is written by designer Rachel McCluskey We’re visited by huge numbers of families every year, and many of our youngest visitors are also our most enthusiastic. So here in the design team, we’ve been busy working with the … Continue reading

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