Do you have a favourite railway-themed toy? The National Railway Museum in York is planning an exhibition about childhood and toys and would like to hear from you
Now the National Railway Museum is asking the nation to tell them their favourite railway toys as it prepares for a major exhibition in 2015 exploring the theme of Railways and Childhood.
Timed to tie in with the York-based museum’s half term event celebrating toy trains, visitors to the museum can nominate their favourite toy in person at the Big Fun with Little Trains event (May 24 – June 1) or online via Facebook, Twitter and the museum’s website.
Interpretation Developer Ellen Tait says the museum's extensive collection will be put to good use in an exhibition “full of toys, adventures and family fun”.
“For some, railway toys are the first step in a life-long love of the tracks but for many others it’s a childhood phase, before moving on to pirates, dinosaurs or astronauts,” she adds.
Tait’s favourite so far is a Fisher Price Circus train from the 1990s.
“To me this is the best railway toy because of all the amazing adventures you can imagine the people and animals on this train having,” she says.
“We hope that with our Railways and Childhood exhibition we can help the British public relive that sense of adventure and excitement.”
The museum is asking people to tweet, Facebook or email pictures of their child and their favourite railway toy. Adults can send a picture of particular toy they adored when they were young and the reasons why.
- For more information visit www.nrm.org.uk/getinvolved/railways-childhood or head to the Twitter or Facebook pages to nominate your favourite.
Railways and Childhood runs from March – September 2015.
Click on the image below to open a viewer of railway toys through the ages.
an elderly Lady in Victorian dress with a young child
a black and white photo of a boy with with a large woolen hat playing with a train set
a black and white photo of a little boy playing with a train set on a rug in his home
a photo of children and adults crowding round to see a Hornby train layout
a photo of children in a nursery paying with a sit on toy train
a black and white photo of a girl with lots of toys including Connect10, Simon Says, Boris the Spider, Action Man and a Hornby train set
a photo of a woman holding a boxed Fisher Price train set in front of the Stephenson's Rocket display at the National Railway Museum
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