Category Archives: Image collections

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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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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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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A weed or not a weed? That is the question.

Today’s post is by Chris Mossop, Design Manager at the National Railway Museum. Keeping the tracks clear of vegetation is a constant problem for the railways. The most effective way of doing this has been the use of chemical weed-killer … Continue reading

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Conserving the Midland Railway poster, Blackpool

This guest blog was written by Richard Hawkes ACR, Paper Conservator, Artworks Conservation, Harrogate Posters produced to advertise railway companies and their destinations were not expected to last longer than their brief period of display. The papers on which they … Continue reading

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Conserving the Mersey Railway poster

Over the last two years we’ve been working to conserve and frame the biggest poster in the National Railway Museum’s collection. At more than 2m x 3m its been a challenge, but it’s finally complete and ready for the wall.

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The Permanent Way by Stanhope Forbes

Stanhope Forbes’ poster ‘The Permanent Way’ is unusual among railway posters in that it doesn’t show an idyllic holiday destination or stylish engine whooshing through a scenic landscape. It shows the railway workers who kept the lines running; laying, checking … Continue reading

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From our collection: landscape photography

While we were putting together our latest exhibition with the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards, I took the opportunity to look at how some of the photographs in our collection had captured similar compositions.    

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Our poster collection is growing

The National Railway Museum posters are a captivating collection comprising more than 11,300 items dating from 1804 to the present day. The collection includes examples from the pre-grouping railway companies, the Big Four, British Railways and some items from private … Continue reading

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Winners announced: Landscape Photographer of the Year

I’m currently working on our next art gallery exhibition, which is a little different to previous exhibitions. We’re working with the Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year competition to showcase some stunning railway photography. The Network Rail Lines in … Continue reading

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