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Pendon Museum
Long Wittenham


Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 4QD
Contact
Telephone: 01865 407365
Email: sfb@dial.pipex.com

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Overview of collections

The collection relates to the railways of the Vale of White Horse area, and includes a buffer from one of the first Broad Gauge locomotives, 15 brass name and number plates from Great western Railway locos; publicity leaflets, wall displays time tables, ephemera and tickets; permanent way components for track construction and standards, a signal box with working gear for semaphore signals and traffic controls, unifromsa and cups and saucers of Railway Companies; there is a separate Historic model railway collection of a model railway, The Madder Valley railway and about 30 locos, rolling stock of leading manufacturers.In total there are 15,000 archive items, a flag and 2 uniforms, 200 transport items and 15,000 social history items.

Overview of how collections are displayed

Pendon Museum has the 1930’s Vale of White Horse and its railways in minature as a 21 metre model landscape with cottages, farms, fields and chalky lanes and a separate Great Western Railway branch line. Pendon is created by volunteer modellers following the work of the late Roye England, the Museum's founder. There is a Dartmoor scene with one of Brunel's timber trestle bridges set amid the tors of Dartmoor, a Vale scene with the village of Pendon Parva built around an ancient hill-fort, the agricultural landscape surrounding the village, and the derelict Wilts. and Berks. Canal. The Madder Valley scene dating from the 1930s, built by the late John Ahern, was the first model railway to be set in a fully developed landscape. Also on loan are architectural models built by John Warner and Gerry Hall, including 2 churches, Tetbury station and a ‘Shambles’ scene based on York. The Museum also houses a collection of railway relics, and from time to time special exhibitions are on display, a recent popular example being a collection of Great Western Railway jigsaw puzzles.
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