No less than 20 other blog posts have been published about locomotives to be found in the National Railway Museum (NRM) from one visit earlier this year and to be honest, it’s barely scratched the surface in terms of what to see there. Click here to go to the Heritage Train Diary to catch up on the articles. The number of railway exhibits to be found in this museum is staggering and each has it’s own unique and interesting story to tell. This will be the final blog post from this particular visit, but I hope to return again some time in the future and report back all that I find interesting (which is a lot!)One thing that I would certainly like to concentrate a little more on in a future visit will be the non-locomotive exhibits. The NRM has a large collection of models and railwayana that would take quite some time to look through properly. Given that my flying visit earlier this year coincided with the Great Gathering, it’s no surprise that the opportunity to look through this properly did not present itself, but that said I managed to grab a few snaps in the gallery below.
Something else that I would like to see more of next time is the locomotives associated with industry.
The subject of industrial power is often glossed over by interest in more glamorous subjects, but historically this area of the history of railway’s is absolutely crucial. Industry was the driving force behind the railway revolution and without which there would never have been a Gresley A4! Objects of interest included Ffestiniog Railway narrow gauge double Fairlie, Fairlie’s Patent (above) and standard gauge 0-4-0ST 2 Bauxite (below).
Our next exhibit is one of the least prestigious of them all! Class 02 D2860 170hp 0-4-0 diesel-hydraulic, built by Yorkshire Engine Co (below). This is the first of the second batch of locomotives of this type that eventually numbered just 20. This locomotive’s job is to haul the exhibits around, so it’s practically a member of staff!
I hope you have enjoyed the blog posts looking at the National Railway Museum. Don’t forget that you can read through any that you have missed, by looking at the Heritage Train Diary (click here to view). Thanks for reading folks