Author Archives: Peter Thorpe, Parliamentary Papers Project Cataloguer

About Peter Thorpe, Parliamentary Papers Project Cataloguer

Peter is a Search Engine Assistant and Parliamentary Papers Project Cataloguer at the National Railway Museum.

An early railway disaster in the parliamentary papers

Two of the main themes of the Parliamentary Papers are new railway lines and railway safety. The rapid spread of new railways during the 1840-1850 period led to a steep learning curve for engineers as they discovered that the increased weight … Continue reading

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Parliamentary papers and Railway Mania

In May, our Librarian Karen posted that we had acquired a set of parliamentary papers covering the years 1837 up 1906. I’ve recently started working as the project cataloguer for the collection and I’ll be adding each individual paper and report onto … Continue reading

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The railway link to a 131-year-old shipwreck

In Search Engine, our archive and library centre, we receive many thousands of enquiries each year by letter and email. We get some fascinating questions, and one recent query was quite unusual, so I thought I’d share it with you. A few … Continue reading

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James Bond 007 lets the train take the strain

There are over 1.5 million photographs in our collection and there are quite a lot of images of road vehicles amongst them. That isn’t a surprise, as railway companies have always operated large numbers of vehicles for purposes such as local delivery of goods. However I can’t think of … Continue reading

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Drawing of an artificial leg from Crewe

Welcome to the second instalment in my series of occasional posts about items from our archives. Our archive stores contain around one million engineering drawings. Most of these are designs for locomotives, carriages and wagons, ranging from general arrangement drawings of an entire vehicle … Continue reading

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A petition to let railway staff grow moustaches

One of the nicest things about working in Search Engine is coming across fascinating items in the archives that I didn’t know about. Quite often I happen upon some wonderful items while I’m retrieving material for a researcher, or just searching the museum’s inventory in order to … Continue reading

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Displays & exhibitions in Search Engine

Last week, Alison mentioned the royal train related material which was going on display over the weekend to mark the Royal Wedding. Below are a few images of the exhibits that were on show for visitors to browse – including posters, drawings and photographs. Display of Royal train … Continue reading

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