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New aquisitions for Museum

New aquisitions for Museum

The Friends have made more acquisitions for the Museum at the recent London Transport Auctions.

The purchases included leaflets, posters and badges, and an early Metropolitan Railway enamel sign thought to have come from Kings Cross station, pointing to the westbound platform.

One of the most interesting items was a commemorative sterling silver motorman’s key.  It was presented to the them manager of the Metropolitan and inscribed Presented to A.C. Ellis Esq. by officers of the Metropolitan Rly Compy on the occasion of running the first passenger train by electricity between Baker St & Uxbridge, 1st January 1905; and The first passenger electric train on the Metropolitan Railway was driven by Mr Ellis with this key

Another acquisition will be put to operational use is an Eastern Coach Works body builders plate from a GS single-decker country bus which will go on the Museum's GS64 to replace the current replica.

Other acquisitions include:

  • London Brighton & South Coast Railway pocket map.
  • People's League for Freedom Bus service (1958 Strike) items
  • Last bus times leaflet (1940)
  • Underground posters, including Metropolitan engineering works
  • Country Ways poster (1934)
  • Garage staff accidents poster
  • Country Bus conductor instructor's green cap badge
  • Central Bus conductor instructor's blue cap badge 
  • LT Commercial Advertising Department cap badge

Funding acquisitions for the Museum forms an important part of the Friends’ activities and comes from funds raised through membership and memorabilia sales.

Photos of all the acquisitions will be included in our Acquisitions section in due course.