Monthly Archives: February 2015

Armoured trains in the First World War

Fearing invasion in 1914, the government of the United Kingdom sought ways in which to protect our shores.  One of the measures mooted was the use of an armoured train based somewhere on the East Coast. The idea was that an … Continue reading

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Six degrees of separation and the ‘Chinese Engine’

Today Bob Gwynne (our Associate Curator of Railway Vehicles) celebrates Chinese New Year with a look at how we came to acquire the mighty KF-7 locomotive. When looking at an object in a museum I like to ask ‘why is … Continue reading

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Women at Work in the First World War: Central to the Railway and the War Effort

This blog is written by Harriet Steers, one of our archive volunteers who is researching railways and the First World War. We have recently started a project to enhance the National Railway Museum’s list of railwaymen who died in the First World … Continue reading

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Railway libraries and the culture of self-betterment

Saturday 7 February is National Libraries Day and we thought it would be the ideal time to show the important historical role railway libraries have made to the rail industry, its workers and society at large. Libraries often formed part of the Mechanics Institute, … Continue reading

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Conserving Hubert Herkomer’s portrait of William Cawkwell

Today’s post comes from Ed Bartholomew, Senior Curator of our image and sound Collection. The National Railway Museum has an art collection containing over a thousand paintings.  Many of them are depictions of locomotives and original artwork for railway posters, … Continue reading

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How a dolls house inspired a train set

This is a guest post written by our Associate Curator of Railways, Russell Hollowood. Toy trains have existed almost as long as the first railway building boom of the 1840’s. From live steam models, known as dribblers to push along … Continue reading

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