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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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How our winter weather nearly won an Oscar  

This is a guest post written by Associate Curator of Railway Collections, Simon Batchelor. Now that Bonfire Night and Remembrance Sunday have passed we can begin to look forward to winter, and for film buffs that means the start of … Continue reading

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The ABC of trainspotting literature: adventure, pedantry and fun

As part of our Trainspotting Season I have been looking in a bit more detail at the literature of the hobby – the many guides, memoires and journals that have featured large in railway publishing since the boom of interest started … Continue reading

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Explore, Build, Move, Pretend

This blog is written by designer Rachel McCluskey We’re visited by huge numbers of families every year, and many of our youngest visitors are also our most enthusiastic. So here in the design team, we’ve been busy working with the … Continue reading

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Volunteering at the National Railway Museum

This is a guest post written by Communications Volunteer, Rebekah Warburton I recently met with Soren, a postgraduate History student at the University of Dresden, to find out what he had been up to in his volunteer placement at our … Continue reading

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Design guru and iconic train lift the gloom of autumn

This is a guest post written by Associate Curator of Rail Vehicles Bob Gwynne. Sir Kenneth Grange is an industrial designer whose work includes: the Kenwood Mixer, the Parker Pen, the Kodak Camera and the London taxi. All of his designs … Continue reading

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