Category Archives: Railway History

The Borders line is back

On the day the Queen celebrated being our longest serving monarch she enjoyed a train ride. No ordinary train ride, but one that is a potent symbol of the rail renaissance that is happening now across Britain. The Borders railway re-opening … Continue reading

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“Old Morality” and the rise of recreational reading

We have recently acquired some interesting publications from W.H. Smith & Son. You may wonder why as, on the face of it, the railway connection is rather tangential. However, this famous stationers and bookshop has been part of the station landscape since … 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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Parliamentary papers and Railway Mania

In May, our Librarian Karen posted that we had acquired a set of parliamentary papers covering the years 1837 up 1906. I’ve recently started working as the project cataloguer for the collection and I’ll be adding each individual paper and report onto … Continue reading

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Accidents from history – Penistone 1896

Our volunteers who do a wonderful job on the historic Lancashire and Yorkshire Signalling School – the oldest working model railway in the world – will be re-enacting a another railway accident this Saturday. They will demonstrate how mechanical signalling works, and what … 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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A First World War tragedy, the origins of Lassie and the loyalty of Bruce

This post has been written by Harriet Steers – one of our First World War archive volunteers –  and continues to reveal stories emerging from updating our fallen railwaymen list. Whilst looking through the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) Gazette … Continue reading

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