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[Articles and clippings relating to British railways]

[Articles and clippings relating to British railways]
Adopted for Conservation by
Barbara M. Barrett
on March 5, 2017
[Articles and clippings relating to British railways]

[Articles and clippings relating to British railways]


The Caledonian railway, or The Caley as it was fondly named, was a Scottish railway system that connected Scotland to London from the 1840’s until its dissolution in the 1920’s. This compilation of book excerpts, articles, news clippings, and advertisements chronicles and romanticizes the waning decades of the Caledonian Railway from the turn of the century until 1923 when The Caley was absorbed into the London, Midland, and Scottish Railway by The Railways Act of 1921, an act that streamlined 120 individual British railway systems into just four.

Thomas Norrell is the author of this loving assemblage. The contents date from the same period as the building of the new railroad bridge across the Clyde River, which increased tourism to the Scottish lake area. Norrell brings together a wide variety of printed matter into this one volume including news, human interest stories (like the transport of an elephant!), innovations, railway station profiles (“The Romance and Fascination of Railway Stations”), timetables, goods transport, tourist news, and mail delivery. Norrell left England as a young man and made a life in the United States in the early decades of the 20th Century. His childhood in England clearly shaped his love of trains. His collection of over 11,000 railroad photographs and ephemera was given to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s Archives Center. It is from that gift that this compilation most likely comes.

Condition and Treatment: 

This book is a series of clippings; the earliest clipping is from 1898 and the latest is from 1923. It is a casebinding in blue cloth (faded to grey on the spine). Throughout the book there are clippings and images, loose and attached, making it a railway scrapbook. Many of these inserted items are creased and/or torn requiring treatment. The joints of the book are loose, causing the textblock to begin to separate from the case. This stress could eventually tear the textblock from the case. The cloth of the case along the lower board is split from the top, roughly a quarter the length of the book. The inserted items will be mended using Japanese paper and wheat starch paste and in some instances encapsulated in Mylar. The joints can be tightened by introducing adhesive to solidify them. The lower joint of the case will be repaired using cloth and/or Japanese paper to bridge the split.

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Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future