Wikipedia:WikiProject Railways/National Railway Museum editathon

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Railways editathon
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Wikimedia UK and National Railway Museum jointly organised an editathon focusing on Railways, kindly hosted by the National Railway Museum in York on 19 October 2013. The day included some article editing, a backstage pass tour of their library and archives. One of their curators joined us to answer questions.

The aim of the event was to improve the coverage of Wikipedia articles related to Railways and steam engines. Participants were free, however, to request info on other aspects of their collection. As well as subject expertise, the NRM were able to provide WiFi and a room for Wikimedians, and have very kindly agreed to donate refreshments.

  • Date: Saturday 19 October 2013, 10am–5pm
  • Venue: National Railway Museum, York.
  • Participants: All welcome! There was space for 20 people in total.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contacts: Any questions? Please contact Jonathan Cardy (WMUK)

Participants in the room

Stroudley Terrier

Three NRM curators and

  1. Jonathan Cardy (WMUK) (talk) 13:02, 25 September 2013 (UTC) - lead organiser
  2. Robertforsythe(talk) 07:13, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
  3. Martin Fell (York Museums Trust)(talk) 09:58, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
  4. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 15:24, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
  5. carolyndougherty (talk) 09:02, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
  6. PatHadley (talk) 14:54, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
  7. Thryduulf (talk) 16:42, 9 October 2013 (UTC) (Chris McKenna)
  8. Jo Stanley


  • I'd have loved to have attended this, but I'm at a friend's wedding this day. Please let me know if there's a repeat event! Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 19:23, 16 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Bugger, if I had known about this before, but at this point I'm already booked elsewhere. Яehevkor 20:55, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Wishlist (archival)

What books, magazines and other literature would you like to have available on the day?

  • I was looking at The Royal York Hotel . Could this be easily improved? Will not some of the NERA volumes by Bill Fawcett have content? I know that the BTH file in The Forsythe collection has content which will help clarify ownership. The present Wiki article says nothing about British Transport Hotels ownership nor does it address how and when The Royal Station Hotel York became The Royal York Hotel. I would be happy to work on this. I think there is also a Station Hotels book: Carter, Oliver, An Illustrated History of British Railway Hotels: 1838-1983, Silver Link Publishing, ISBN 0-947971-36-X (1990). Could the museum have this and Bill Fawcett's volumes available? Otherwise I bring mine. Robertforsythe (talk) 10:37, 2 October 2013 (UTC)
    • Thanks Robert, if you are happy to lead it we can have a table re Railway hotels. Jonathan Cardy (WMUK) (talk) 14:05, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Is there a specific theme to the event? If not, the article on the InterCity 125 is in dire need of an overhaul, so any potential source material would be great. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 16:30, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
    • Thanks HJ we are theming it to steam and Railways and will have a relevant curator, but if people don't like proper trains I'm sure we can have a table for people who want to work on diesel and electric ones. Jonathan Cardy (WMUK) (talk) 14:05, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

Target articles

We aimed to work on the following articles:

and material within the category:Railway hotels.


Articles improved include:

Designated Pub

After the event we met at the pub - the Brigantes


Feedback from the event is available here.