Author Archives: Russell Hollowood

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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Football Crazy

As we all settle down to enjoy the trials, tribulations and heroic moments of the 2014 world Cup; few would connect the beautiful game with railways. Yet the early story of football is thoroughly intertwined with the story of Railways. … Continue reading

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All Clear for our signal weekend

On the 21 and 22 of June 2014, we will be hosting a signalling weekend. The event will take place as part of the York Festival of Ideas and involve talks, tours, demonstrations and theatre performance about railway signalling.

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Captain Bill and the ‘Old Lady’

Captain W G (Bill) Smith VRD, RNVR, is not a name that many people, outside of the world of railway preservation, have heard of.  But Bill, an important railway pioneer, is memorialised in two locomotives and a set of nameplates, … Continue reading

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Borough Market Junction Buttons up for Winter

Thanks to the generosity of the Southern Friends, Borough Market Junction Signal Box has been the subject of major restoration work in 2013. Considered the ‘Busiest signal box in Britain’, because it handled almost 100 trains an hour at peak times, … Continue reading

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Creating a future for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Signalling School

2013 began with a celebration for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Signalling School Railway, as we marked the layouts 100th birthday. 2013 is now ending with a milestone project as the layouts operational handbook is almost complete. So why do we … Continue reading

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Ticking the Box

Sandhill Crossing is not one of Britain’s great rail locations; it is a quiet rail crossing on the Selby to Hull railway line; but its keepers hut is about to join the National Railway collection. Why? Britain’s railways were once … Continue reading

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Too Complex for a Computer

Borough Market Junction was a traffic bottleneck. Six running lines flowed from London Bridge and diverged into four lines for Cannon Street and two for Waterloo East and Charing Cross. The core of the problem was the conflict of trains … Continue reading

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Fares Fare

In 1844 The Railway Regulation Act set the 3rd class passenger fares at 1 penny a mile and stated that passengers should be able travel in covered coaches on a least one train a day in each direction. In 1844 … Continue reading

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Britain’s busiest signal box – Restored

Today, Friday 9th August, work began on restoring ‘Britain’s Busiest Signal Box’ to display condition. Over the next three weeks rotten wood will be cut out, new lap boarding applied and the whole structure given three coats of wood friendly … Continue reading

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