Museums

Included in this page are photographs taken at the National Rail Museum, York, and at the Manchester Transport Museum, Manchester.

National Rail Museum

The National Rail Museum is a rail enthusiast's heaven! It was opened in 1975, and operates as part of the Science Museum in London. It is based upon the old York North Motive Power Depot, and the building retains much of the atmosphere of a steam roundhouse, while still display the numerous locomotives and rolling stock in convenient display. Of particular note is a Merchant Navy pacific Ellerman Lines , which has been sectioned to show the internal layout and workings.

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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 12 Dec 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 8988
  • Description : A collection of locos at the National Rail Museum. The gentleman leaning on the rail is anonymous.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 13 Dec 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9003
  • Description : Don't see many of these about nowadays: a 4 wheel carriage, built for the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1846. The central first class compartment commands a much higher standard of comfort than the second class compartments on either side.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 20 Dec 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9004
  • Description : The oldest preserved rail vehicle in Great Britain, now over 200 years old. This is a Peak Forest Canal Co. truck, built in 1797, and running on plate rails at a gauge of 4 foot 2 inches. The photographer's son admires the relic.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 20 Dec 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9008
  • Description : The largest steam locomotive wheels in existence. These wheels, from the centre driving wheels of a broad gauge (7 foot) Bristol and Exeter Railway locomotive, have a diameter of 8 foot 10 inches. These are even bigger than the driving wheels on the html_link(lner/index.html#Stirling8ft-1,Stirling 8ft Singles)!


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  • Date : 17 Aug 1980, catalogued 07 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10236
  • Description : A replica of one of the Liverpool and Manchester first class carriages from 1830. This replica was constructed in 1930 to celebrate the centenary of the Liverpool and Manchester line, and was on display at the sesqui-centenary celebrations at Liverpool Road Station, Manchester. The carriage was based upon contemporary horse coach styling, right down to the stirrup-style foot boards.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 11 Apr 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 8994
  • Description : Ever wondered how it works? 35029 "Ellerman Lines" shows how.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 11 Apr 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 8995
  • Description : Ever wondered how it works? 35029 "Ellerman Lines" shows how. This is the innards of one of the piston valves, which control the admission of steam to the main cylinders.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 18 Apr 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 8996
  • Description : Ever wondered how it works? 35029 "Ellerman Lines" shows how. Here we see the innards of the smokebox.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 18 Apr 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 8997
  • Description : Ever wondered how it works? 35029 "Ellerman Lines" shows how. Here we see the innards of the firebox.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 13 Dec 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 8998
  • Description : The presentation of these locos is absolutely first class, as these reflective shots show.


Manchester Transport Museum

Nowe moved to The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester pages.

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