Author Archives: Bob Gwynne

About Bob Gwynne

I am Associate Curator of Rail Vehicles and author of books on Flying Scotsman and Railway Preservation in Britain.

Bullet train, Chinese locomotive and the rail renaissance

When George Osborne came to the National Railway Museum earlier this month to launch the National Infrastructure Commission he gave his speech in front of KF No.7 built for export to China and only a couple of steps away from … Continue reading

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The Borders line is back

On the day the Queen celebrated being our longest serving monarch she enjoyed a train ride. No ordinary train ride, but one that is a potent symbol of the rail renaissance that is happening now across Britain. The Borders railway re-opening … Continue reading

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Accidents from history – Penistone 1896

Our volunteers who do a wonderful job on the historic Lancashire and Yorkshire Signalling School – the oldest working model railway in the world – will be re-enacting a another railway accident this Saturday. They will demonstrate how mechanical signalling works, and what … 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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Taff Vale locomotive goes home for the day

“You should have come in earlier, we had a locomotive outside”. The barman at ‘Mischief’s Café Bar’ who served our coffees was talking to one of his daytime regulars. This was near the Coal Exchange on Cardiff Docks. The Coal … Continue reading

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Bringing the Prototype HST back to life

January 2012, and the prototype High Speed Train power car is getting closer and closer to roaring back into life thanks to the hard work of the 125 Group, the benevolent staff of East Midlands Trains at their Neville Hill … Continue reading

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Mallard 75: moving a loco 75 feet sideways and 1800 miles east

How to move something that weighs over 100 tons 75 feet sideways and then about 1800 miles to Halifax, Canada – over twice the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats? So that then all you need to do is … Continue reading

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