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Trains and Railways

Transport History

To inspire anyone with an interest in British transport history.








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Locomotive Portraits

Whilst ever there have been railways there have been artists keen to paint them. Many famous names have included aspects of the railways in their paintings, including most notably Claude Monet and J M W Turner. This enthusiasm has been kept alive by the formation in the UK of the Guild of Railway Artists, of which there are over two hundred members… Read more...

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British Steam Patriots

Following the success of the first two rebuilt 'Claughton' class engines, the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1932 embarked upon a building programme of fifty more 'Patriot' class 5XP locomotives. The new 4-6-0 locomotives were at first referred to as 'Baby Scots', until officially named the 'Patriot' class in 1937. Two batches of the new… Read more...

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British Steam

British Steam: Past and Present contains an evocative mix of specially commissioned modern steam images and steam era archive pictures, the majority of which have never been published before. The work of accomplished steam photographer David Anderson is highlighted in three special ‘Location in Focus’ features, studies of 1950s and 1960s steam… Read more...

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Flying Scotsman

From hauling the first non-stop express from London to Edinburgh in 1928 and breaking the 100mph barrier in 1934, to being sold in 1963, and to its final home at the York National Railway Centre, The Flying Scotsman has a rich and, at times, controversial history. It has travelled across the USA and steamed across Australia, changed owners and colour… Read more...