Category Archives: Collections

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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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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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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Prevention is better than cure: promoting safety on the railways and beyond

This is a guest post by Mike Esbester, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth, introducing a new resource on our website. Nearly 15 years ago I was doing some research at what was then the National Railway Museum Library … 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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