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Early Victorian Railway Excursions: ‘The Million Go Forth’

I was at the York Railway Station, on Tuesday afternoon, when an excursion train was about to start for Newcastle. The train consisted of four first-class, two second-class, and three third-class open carriages or tubs, which are only a fit … Continue reading

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How much of Flying Scotsman is original?

As the locomotive’s overhaul nears completion, this is a perennial question asked of us, and really, the answer is ‘not much’. Over the course of its 90 plus year history as a working locomotive, parts have been replaced at every … Continue reading

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Discovering the First World War through our archive

This post is written by Claire Marston, our Learning Partnership Co-ordinator. In the last month, staff from the National Railway Museum learning team have had a fantastic time working with local schools on our First World War learning programme. We … 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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Rail’s future in the Northern Powerhouse

Today’s post is by Paul Kirkman, Director of the National Railway Museum. Last night at the museum, fifty invited guests from the rail industry and beyond debated with Evan Davis rail’s role in creating the Northern Powerhouse. George Osbourne launched … Continue reading

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Repairing Terence Cuneo’s Waterloo

The recent story about the unlucky boy visiting a museum in Taiwan who accidentally punched a hole in a seventeenth century Italian painting is a timely reminder that displaying artworks has its risks, and that one of the worst things that … Continue reading

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Poetry in Motion: Verses and Odes from the archives

This post is written by our archive volunteers Jack Garside and Tania Parker Whilst sorting through the National Railway Museum’s archive collections we came across this poem written about an unusual topic;  the start of construction on the Dee Bridge, near … Continue reading

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A new home for cornerstone of Britain’s railway history

We have recently acquired a complete set of railway Parliamentary papers charting the official story of the birth of the railway network from 1837 up to the early 2oth century in 1906. These Parliamentary papers are a vital piece in the jig-saw … Continue reading

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Little Play Station for under 5s is now open!

Today’s post is written by our Learning Content Developer, Rozy Macaulay. At the National Railway Museum we have been busy developing a new and exciting space for our youngest visitors to discover the world of railways and our collection through … 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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