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The UK's oldest surviving yacht prepares to emerge from its subterranean home

A precious yacht which had lain undiscovered in a cellar on the Isle of Man for over a century is about to be gently craned from its subterranean home for essential conservation work.

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Fireman on Winston Churchill's funeral locomotive praises restoration ahead of anniversary

James Lester, the fireman on the train which carried Winston Churchill's coffin on January 30 1965, has helped the National Railway Museum prepare the locomotive for a new display.

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Secret operation sees 54-foot, ten-tonne speed record-breaking car move at museum

Speed fans will be able to see the two fastest cars in the world - Thrust2 and ThrustSSC - following a delicate operation to move them into a new gallery opening in 2015.

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The English Railway Station: See photos from 200 years of British railway history

From the early 19th century Southampton station designed in the form of an Italian town palace to the modern reimagining of St Pancras, a new survey reveals how railways changed Britain.

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Restoration work on Winston Churchill's funeral train nears completion

Workshop staff and volunteers in County Durham say their restoration of Winston Churchill's funeral van will be completed in time for the 50th anniversary of the journey.

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Archaeologists "strike gold" with stinky pickling pond used in HMS Victory build

Digging a metre beneath a slab at Chatham Historic Dockyard, archaeologists have found excellently-preserved timbers used to create mighty ships centuries ago.

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National Railway Museum launches appeal to restore humble electric commuter train unit

A humble South East Trains commuter train unit - the most travelled vehicle in the National Collection - is to be restored back to its former glory at the National Railway Museum.

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Spock-like spectre haunts Norfolk railway steam engine

A ghostly apparition resembling Star Trek's Mr Spock has been discovered in the port hole of a locomotive of the Wells Walsingham Light Railway.

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Duxford Aviation Society restores Concorde's famous droop nose mechanism

Duxford Aviation Society’s newly-restored Concorde has learned how to lower its famous drooping nose once again in IWM Duxford's Airspace Hall.

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