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Talk: The Railways of Cambridge: 1845 to the Present Day

25 January, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cambridge station exterior, 1975

In this illustrated talk Tony Kirby will explore how the railways have influenced the townscape of Cambridge from 1845 to the present day, the history of Cambridge station itself and its surroundings, how trams and then buses have connected it to the town centre and show some of the immense variety of trains and locomotives (steam, diesel and electric) that have been seen here over the years.

Tony Kirby taught History at CCAT/Anglia Ruskin University from 1970 onwards, and was latterly the University’s Co-ordinator of Strategic Planning. Until 2023 he was Secretary of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History and the County Advisory Group on Archives and Local Studies, and is Co-President of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society.



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Getting Here

We are in the centre of Cambridge. You’ll find us at the corner of Castle Street and Northampton Street. We are right beside Kettle’s Yard and only a 15-minute walk from King’s College.

You can park your bike at the bike parks on Bridge Street or on Northampton Street. There is a bus stop on Bridge Street. Check out the Stagecoach website to plan your journey to and from the Museum. Find out more about how to get here by train, bike, bus, car or on foot on our website.


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Talk: The Railways of Cambridge: 1845 to the Present Day


Museum of Cambridge
01223 355159


Enid Porter Room, Museum of Cambridge
2-3 Castle Street
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0AQ United Kingdom
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