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The Last Englishman is Laid Low

This is a guest post written by Associate Curator of Railways, Russell Hollowood. At 7am on 24 January 1965, Sir Winston Churchill’s immediate family gathered around the great man’s death bed, and by 8am the BBC had broadcast the news of … Continue reading

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Collision on Signal School Model Railway 

This is a guest post written by Associate Curator of Railways, Russell Hollowood. At 2pm on 17 January 2015, the School of Signalling Model Railway will restage a collision that happened near Heighington, North East England in 1949.

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Planning Winston’s Funeral Operation

This is a guest post written by Associate Curator of Railways, Russell Hollowood. 24 January 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. What is often forgotten is that staging the greatest state funeral since the death of … Continue reading

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“To secure peace is to prepare for war”

This is a guest blog post written by Assistant Curator of Collections, Simon Batchelor Within the collections of the National Railway Museum lie several reminders that in pre-war Britain there was a sense of foreboding concerning the preparedness of the country … Continue reading

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Cooking a Christmas dinner in Teddy’s smokebox

This is a guest post written by Rail Operations Manager, Noel Hartley To say a huge thank you to the volunteers who helped out the communications team this year, the department decided to cook a full Christmas dinner in the … 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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Christmas Crash Test for School of Signalling Model Railway

This is a guest post written by Associate Curator of Railways, Russell Hollowood. On 29 December 2014, the School of Signalling Model Railway will abandon part of its usual operating programme to recreate the rail crash at Irk Valley Junction on … Continue reading

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