Railway Magazine this month (December dated published 5th November) has a massive crop of NRM stories, the effect of which is that the dust is starting to settle from this summer and autumn's changes. I summarise them:
page 7 Steve Davies as new director
page 9 GBRf 66727 named Andrew Scott CBE
page 26 (SLS LNWR miniature Orion at Locomotion)
page 63 (Best ever Locomotion Steam Gala)
page 63 All change at the NRM
That is an important summary of staff changes. Brian Hayton is assisting Helen Ashby, as Assistant Director. Chris Beet - Carnforth associations is the new Engineering and Rail Operations Manager.
page 64 the NRM's own working replica of Rocket to return in steam in February 2010.
And away from York but of interest to all who follow heritage operations page 85 reported that Devon's Morwellham Quay has become insolvent. Pretty tragic news for those who appreciated industrial archaeology and associated railways. Withdrawal of local authority funding is the reason and drop of visitor numbers. This was one of the great early industrial open air museums on a par with Ironbridge or Beamish.
See http://www.morwellham-quay.co.uk/Latest_News/readmore.php?NewsId=16 .