Big Four Railway Museum

Post mark for the Big Four Railway museum

Some museums are well documented, while others can be rather elusive. A case in point is the Big Four Railway Museum in Bournemouth, about which we know very little. According to one source it housed a collection of railway locomotive name plates belonging to the enthusiast Frank Burridge and was open in the 1980s. As this postmark suggests, it may also have hosted temporary exhibitions.

Burridge wrote a book about locomotive name plates. As the book’s cover indicates, the Big Four were the four main railway companies in the United Kingdom between 1923 and 1947: Great Western Railway, London, Midland and Scottish Railway, London and North Eastern Railway, and Southern Railway.

A postcard apparently showing the museum’s interior is reproduced below.

Interior of the big four museum with name plates

Images via ebay and Alwyn Ladell on Flickr.


One thought on “Big Four Railway Museum”

  1. I visited this museum once and the illustration is not as I remember it – one large room had each of its four walls dedicated to an individual railway company; not a mixture as in this photograph. The owner bemoaned the fact that, though his museum which was set back and not visible from the road, he was not permitted by the council to advertise its existence on the pavement outside – you needed to be aware of both its existence and location before going.

    Does anyone know what happened to the collection?

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