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Rushden Historical Transport Society
Peter Horn of the museum

Peter Horn of Rushden Historical Transport Society's museum, with the Marriott's cycle, one of their exhibits

1976 80 people responded to advert and met at the Rose & Crown
1979 First Cavalcade at Hall Park
1980 Puchased a Bristol 651 bus - now the Society flagship
1984 Lease on Rushden Station
1986 Transport Museum opened in the old waiting room and the ladies' waiting room transformed into a real ale bar
1987 Station threatened with demolition
1996 Society purchased the Station and site from Northants County Council
1998 Plans for track to be extended to Higham Ferrers
1999 Excavation of cutting and plans accepted for track laying
2000 Sidings laid
2002 Signal box re-sited and buffet car refurbished
2003 Ex Rushden Fire Engine acquired & final payment on the Station made
2007 Roof re-slated
2008 Survey of bridge & consultations for track extension
2009 Staff training and "Back in Steam" as trains run again
During the first 20 years the RHTS continued to add to its stock of railway carriages and railway memorabilia. Many other items relating to the history of other modes of transport can be found in the mueum. The bar has also won many awards for its fine real ales. Each year a programme of summer events is run to raise funds to keep the rolling stock in good repair, and begins with May-day Bank Holiday Weekend with a Cavalcade of Historical Transport, and ends in October with a 40s weekend is held when all the funds collected are shared between the British Legion and the Naval Association. During the winter much of the repair and renovation work is carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers, and preparations are made for the next Cavalcade.


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