Author Archives: Alison Kay, Associate Archivist

Great War Railwaymen and the Sinking of the Aragon

This blog is written by Dr Robert Demaine, one of our archive volunteers who is researching railways and the First World War. This post continues the stories behind our updates to the fallen railway workers list. The casualty lists published … Continue reading

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Stories from the Western Front: 1000 entries now updated on our list of fallen railwaymen

This blog is written by Harriet Steers, one of our archive volunteers who is researching railways and the First World War. We recently started a project to enhance the NRM’s list of 20,000 railwaymen who died in the First World … Continue reading

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Lizzie the Elephant’s War Work

This blog is written by Harriet Steers, one of our archive volunteers who is researching railways and the First World War.  We recently started a project to enhance the NRM’s list of 20, 000 railwaymen who died in the First World … 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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Ambulance trains in 1914 “This is Christmas, and the world is supposed to be civilised”

We have become familiar with images of wartime Christmas truces where fighting stopped, football matches were played and carols were sung, but this certainly wasn’t the universal experience on the Western Front a hundred years ago. Ambulance trains did not … Continue reading

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Remember these? How would you track the modern railway industry?

This is a guest post by Associate Archivist Alison Kay and the National Railway Museum volunteer team. Hundreds of railway companies have existed over the last 200 years, with even very recent companies fading into distant memory. The British railway industry has always … Continue reading

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Work and Play on a First World War Ambulance Train

The most recent addition to our rare book collection is an amazing insight into the lives of people who worked on ambulance trains during the First World War. The book was compiled by the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU)  and (in … Continue reading

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