To mark the start of Black History Month in the UK, Assistant Director & Head Curator Andrew McLean explores the legacy of Asquith Xavier, who successfully fought to become the first black worker employed as a train guard at London Euston station in 1966.
What were the dangers of early rail travel? How did the arrival of steam power shape our landscape? What will the train of the future look like? The museum team unravel questions like these to tell the story of the railways.
Andrew tells us about the significance of Locomotion No.1, which made a momentous journey on 27 September 1825.
Peter explores the history of the printed version of the National Rail Timetable as it reaches the end of its life.
Anne McLean delves into the fascinating story behind a seemingly mundane letter recently found within the museum’s archive collections.
A trawl through the Yorath Lewis archive sheds light on an experimental railway design built for 1924’s British Empire Exhibition.
Take a look at our free online course, in partnership with the University of Strathclyde.
IRS regular Jonathan recaps seminars from 2017 and 2018 for those curious about what goes on.
Tasha McNaught takes us back to a time when railway workers’ daughters competed for the title of Railway Queen.
In 1950, steam traction was the mainstay of Britain’s railways. Just 18 years later, the embers of the steam age were left to cool.
To mark Disability History Month, Mike Esbester explores what historically happened after a railway accident.
Join Geoff Marshall and Vicky Pipe on an epic rail journey around Britain.