Category Archives: Research and archive

Bogies, Bulbs and Babies: Enter-train-ing images from the GEC archive

This blog was written by Danika Willis and Ben Cudbertson, the project volunteers. The GEC Traction archive contains many quirky and unusual adverts. Here are just a few of our favourites, selected for the humour, vivid colours and graphics.   The … Continue reading

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Named locomotives in the First World War

The naming of railway locomotives has often been a practice heavy with symbolism and at no time more so than during the Great War. Thanks in part to a sustained campaign in the press a wave of anti-German sentiment swept … Continue reading

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Ribblehead Viaduct – the real ‘Jericho’

The first episode of ITV’s new period drama Jericho having aired last night [Thursday 7 January 2016], concentrating on the building of the Ribblehead Viaduct in the 1870s – one of the last great Victorian railway construction projects. Dipping into … Continue reading

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‘A high entertainment standard’ – films from our archive at the 2015 Aesthetica Short Film Festival

This post was written by Tim Procter and Angelique Bonamy of our Collections and Research Team. We are dealing with a type of film that is in every respect far removed from the ‘feature’ film production of the Elstrees, Denhams … 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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An early railway disaster in the parliamentary papers

Two of the main themes of the Parliamentary Papers are new railway lines and railway safety. The rapid spread of new railways during the 1840-1850 period led to a steep learning curve for engineers as they discovered that the increased weight … Continue reading

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Researching at the Network Rail archives

One of the best things about researching exhibitions is getting to go to interesting places and see interesting things. Some times that involves lots of travel, but sometimes there’s brilliant stuff right on your doorstep. Like the Network Rail archive, … Continue reading

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