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The Science Museum Group Journal presents the global research community with peer-reviewed papers relevant to the wide-ranging work of the Science Museum Group. The journal freely shares the research of the Group's museums, including the National Railway Museum.
The oldest and fastest surviving Merchant Navy class locomotive in preservation hides a secret: it was built in 1941 at Eastleigh Works, where half the workforce was female.