Thursday, 28 March 2013

NRM Development E news 1

Not every piece of news I get from the NRM I report on. But this first issue of a new newsletter is worth flagging over several self evident fronts.

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Welcome to your new enewsletter from the NRM Development Team. Down the Line will bring you all the latest news and updates from the museum to show how your support really is making a difference to the work we do.

We will bring you details of upcoming projects and exhibitions that you can support, and information about special supporter events that we have planned for you throughout the year.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

New Look Station Hall
After two years of securing funds for the renovation of our Station Hall, we are pleased to announce that the project is now complete. Since moving the locos in 2011 and creating a new entrance to the space, we have focussed on objects, lighting and installations to recreate the sights and sounds of a working station. The Royal Platform is now richly decorated to display our collection of majestic royal carriages. Our passenger platform has been brought to life with objects and stories given to us by the public as part of our Station Stories hunt. Sound recordings are helping to tell the story of a running goods depot; while the chance to watch Nightmail and Terminus brings a whole new visual element to the space. An in depth account of the
project can be found in Ruth's blog.

Mallard 75
Our main focus so far this year has been raising sponsorship to reunite the six surviving A4 Pacific Class locos as part of the Mallard 75 celebrations. On 3rd July 2013 we will launch a spectacular series of events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Mallard achieving the world speed steam record. The centrepiece of the programme will be a one off grouping of the A4s around the turntable at the National Railway Museum, but will also include a unique exhibition It's Quicker by Rail at our Art Gallery, breathtaking lighting of the six locos as part of the Illuminate York festival, and a spectacular finale event and line up at our sister site in Shildon. Donors to the Mallard 75 project will receive special access to the A4 collection, and a certificate of recognition for any contribution made. Remember to visit our website for all the latest Mallard related news and announcements. To find out how you can support the Mallard 75 celebrations, please contact the development team.

Remember to  visit our website for all the latest Mallard related news and announcements:

Dates for your diary

2 May: Evening of Family Fun
This unique event will give you the opportunity to enjoy some of the Museum's most popular activities after hours.  With free steam rides, live drama performances, craft activities to take home, and a tour of the royal carriages, there is something for everyone.
*Please note that this event is for NRM Patrons and Corporate Partners only. To find out about the benefits of these schemes and how you can join, please contact the team:

23 May: Annual Dinner
This evening is an opportunity for us to welcome supporters and friends, old and new, in recognition of their tremendous ongoing support. We strive to position ourselves at the heart of the modern industry and debate, and trust that you will find the evening a great networking opportunity with other industry leaders.
*Please note that this event is for NRM Patrons and Corporate Partners only. To find out about the benefits of these schemes and how you can join, please contact the team:

7 June: Wilton Power Station Tour
An exclusive behind the scenes tour of Wilton International Site at Middlesborough. Guests will be taken on a plant tour of Sembcorp Main Power Station, the Control Room and Rail Head, and visit to the Transporter Bridge.
*Please note that this event is for NRM Patrons only. To find out about the benefits of this scheme and how you can join, please contact the team:

3 July: Mallard 75 Great Gathering Gala Dinner
Enjoy a drinks reception in Station Hall and exclusive preview of our new art exhibition, then move into the Great Hall for a unique chance to dine surrounded by the six surviving A4 locomotives. Hear the story of the Great Gathering from those who made it happen, and enjoy a sumptuous three course meal and coffee. Tickets for this spectacular event, at a cost of £75 each, are limited so book yours now:

14 September: Railways change lives
In partnership with The National Archives, we'll be holding a one-day conference at York to look at how railways have changed our lives, drawing on the archives and collections of the National Archives and our museum. Tickets, at a cost of £50, are limited and available on a first come, first served basis so book now at or download the full programme and speaker list here:
Note: On Saturday 7 September, The National Archives will host the same conference programme at Kew so that people from London and the South East can attend. Visit their website for details and to book online:

For further information on any of the above events, please contact the team directly. Thank you for your continued support. It is very much appreciated by everyone here at the museum

Best wishes,

The Development Team
t: 01904 686 285

Offers for supporters

Bachmann Midland Models
We would like to offer supporters the opportunity to purchase two of these exclusive models at a reduced price. Platinum Midland Compound £130 (save £40) Standard Midland Compound £110 (save £30)

Contact for more details

Great British Loco Pin Collection
A landmark tribute to our greatest British locomotives, each of these pins is an original, unique design, celebrating the greatest British locomotives of all time. Every pin comes with its own fascinating fact card, providing more of each train's story.

Find out more here:

Mallard 75 Memorabilia
A new range of exclusive Mallard 75 products will be available to purchase in the NRM shop from Saturday 30 March. The collection incorporates artwork designed around the loco's 4468 number, using Mallard's dynamic and beautiful new colouring.Visit the shop here:

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Royal Patronage

Royal Patronage matters, this tweet @clarencehouse: Prince of Wales becomes Patron of Mallard 75, celebrating 75yrs of steam train world speed record .

Monday, 11 March 2013

Flying Scotsman delayed till 2015

I shall try not to get too emotive about 4472 although I find it difficult not to observe that the time/money the engine and the A4 party have consumed could have been spent a 1000 better ways. The NRM is at York, yes, but it was not intended to be Gresley centric. Anyway enough comment, I simply want to record the links on the latest chapter in the saga:

Will not steam before 2015 and major expenditure still in front. In essence the Tony Marchington era supercharged and blew the engine. This was not properly appreciated in 2004. 

More (Heritage Railway)

And the FCP report with a personally felt surprising number of redactions (said to be because a tender process for the repairs will start).  Two PDFs to download. 

Header photo dates my first encounter with 4472 on visit to Norwich in 1967. Plenty of ephemera about the engine including my 1967 excursion Norwich to York (first visit to museum) in The Forsythe Collection in Search Engine at NRM.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Dates for the six A4s at York

Railway Magazine August 2012 p17 Steve Davies "Current thinking anticipates all six being together for one month at the NRM, followed a little later by a further week, also at York". Railway Magazine April 2013 the "line-up of six A4s will start on July 3rd and will last a week".

This date is not exactly the same duration as in the NRM press release quoted previous post, till 17th July and in the R Mag p64 same issue.