Winter 2019/20 issue 170

The Winter 2019/20 edition of NRM Review features its usual varied articles and features.  Most unusual is the picture of a bus on the cover, the first time we think a bus has ever appeared there!  But it is linked to the museum’s latest acquisition, a Pacer, which of course was based on the Leyland National bus.  Not the favourite of many passengers, the Pacers are an integral part of Britain’s railway history and played a major part in keeping rural and other minor lines open.  Our Pacer is already giving free rides at Shildon’s Locomotion museum.

Another perhaps ‘curious’ acquisition is Rowland Emett’s ‘A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley’ now constructed and working at Shildon.  A huge sculpture, it features a whimsical railway and is in action every hour in Locomotion’s main Collection Building.

FNRM member Mike Peart, one of our regular contributors (and one of the four founding members of the Didcot Railway Centre when he was still at school ….but that’s another story!) describes days out on the GWR and also continues one of his regular ‘A to Z’ features, this time plant names with railway meanings – eg. Quorn is a microprotein (plant based) and was also BR-telegraphic-code-speak for a theatrical company’s fare quotation for the transportation of theatre equipment and scenery by rail.

The Friends organise visits to other railway museums and places of interest, and this issue covers the recent trip to St Petersburg Museum and also details of the next trip, this one to Lisbon and Porto, Portugal.

We commemorate the last journeys by an HST 125 on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) in December 2019, when 43312 and 43206 in original blue and yellow livery celebrated some 40 years’ service.

Turning to activities in the Museum, we have a photo-montage of the rebuilding of 60007 Gresley A4 pacific Sir Nigel Gresley, and more railway pub signs.

And as always, a review of many recent railway books and news of FNRM talks and other events around the country including the proposal to set up a new branch of the Friends in the Midlands.

The NRM Review is of course one of the benefits of being a member of the Friends of the NRM and is published in January, April, July and October.

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