Category Archives: Collections

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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Je suis un train

This guest post is penned by Chris McCandless-Stone, Deputy Fleet Performance Manager for Eurostar. As a matter of fact I’m a rather cosmopolitan train – part-French, part-Brummie. I was born, raised and tested in Belfort, France and Washwood Heath, Birmingham, … Continue reading

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Prisoners of the Red Desert: Wartime Adventures of LNWR railwaymen

We have now added over 1800 new entries to our list of  railwaymen who died in the First World War, you can see our list of over 20,000 men on our website. Our research demonstrates that not all railwaymen spent … Continue reading

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Tracks through the Landscape: Land Plans, Sections and Books of Reference

This blog is written by NRM archive volunteers Jack Garside and Tania Parker  Our collection of land plans, sections has recently been made accessible through our library archive service, Search Engine.  The collection showcases construction of railways in the nineteenth and … Continue reading

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Capturing railway construction

This post is by Martha Cattell, who is currently undertaking a collaborative studentship with the National Railway Museum as part of a masters degree in the History of Art at the University of York. The partnership offers me a unique opportunity to … Continue reading

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Lizzie the Elephant’s War Work

This blog is written by Harriet Steers, one of our archive volunteers who is researching railways and the First World War.  We recently started a project to enhance the NRM’s list of 20, 000 railwaymen who died in the First World … Continue reading

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The many guises of Flying Scotsman

Today’s post is written by Andrew McLean, our Head Curator. Of all the locomotives in the National Collection Flying Scotsman excites the most comment. For many she is the “most famous locomotive in the World” and should be resplendent in … 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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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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