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Rushden Transport Museum

CORONAVIRUS : Rushden Historical Transport Society regrets to advise that due to the developing coronavirus [COVID – 19] situation events and bookings planned until the end of June will be cancelled.
The situation is being continuously reviewed,  with regard to future events . The Society apologises for any inconvenience and disappointment that has been caused by these unfortunate circumstances.


You might be surprised what you find at Rushden Transport Museum  and it’s FREE!

Do you want an enlightening introduction to road and rail transport in and around Rushden, Northamptonshire and understand the importance of this Midland Railway branch line to the livelihoods of Rushden people?  Then you must visit the Rushden Transport Museum.

Rushden Transport Museum situated in the rooms of the old Victorian (1893) Rushden Station is a little gem in the cultural heritage of East Northamptonshire.  Our collection highlights the growth of Rushden within the development of road and rail transport and its impact on the local population.

Check out our ‘snappy’ dressing drayman, the fireman, and petrol pump attendant in their original uniforms.  Imagine working in the Ticket Office (non – running days only),  the parcels office or maybe sitting in the Station Masters chair – when he is not there of course!

If you have ever wondered what an  ambulance was like in Victorian Rushden then come and see ‘Lancer’ our Ashford Litter and imagine the journey to the hospital in Northampton.

A place of quiet reflection and nostalgia for our older visitors as well as an eye opener for younger guests to the differences before technology took over.

So we hope to see you soon; remember admission is free although donations are always welcome and appreciated for the upkeep and development of the museum.

 Pre-Arrival Contacting the museum Email: museum@rhts.co.uk Our website:http://www.rhts.co.uk/  

Admission Admission is free, but donations are gratefully received and appreciated. We welcome feedback to help us continually improve and there is a survey form for this purpose, obtainable on entry with a collection box at the end

Arrival at the museum

Rushden Transport Museum is located at: Rushden Station, Station Approach, Rushden, Northants NN10 0AW. There is no parking on site, but there is ample town centre parking within ¼ to ½ mile away.

Disabled parking may be made available on site by prior arrangement.  Rushden does not have a Shop Mobility scheme and there are no wheelchairs available on site.

Trains: the nearest mainline station is Wellingborough – 5 miles Buses:

Bus Service from Bedford   Stagecoach 49  

Toilets including disabled access and baby changing facilities are available on site. Assistance dogs are welcome, and water bowls are available on request.

AccessThe museum is accessible for wheelchair users up a sloped, tarmac but uneven pathway, and flat level access to the entrance door. There is also Access via twelve steps uneven in places with a handrail to one side. Due to the historic nature of the vehicles not all vehicles are accessible.

Main Entrance The Parcel Office entrance provides your first contact with our volunteers, who will be happy to assist you in your visit.

Once inside the Museum, all our rooms are fully accessible by wheel chair, but not as a through route.

Seats are available on the platform and a chair in each room is for public use.

Information on the displays and exhibits is clear and a large font option is available. In the case of an evacuation

In the case of an evacuation volunteers will specifically seek out any visitors who need assistance, and give them extra support in leaving the building. The assembly points are on the tarmac area near the yard gates and line crossing; if obstructed outside the Goods Shed. REMEMBER –PERSONAL HEALTH & SAFETY COMES FIRST

Public WCs There is a ladies toilet, suitable for disabled visitors and a gents toilet at the end of the platform past the bar. There is an additional ladies toilet in the bar.

Café The Buffet car is available on running days, serving hot and cold drinks light snacks and homemade cakes. There is no disabled access because of the step up from the platform, but there are picnic benches outside. The High St has several cafés within walking distance and Asda café is nearby for nonrunning days.

Shop The Society shop – “Buffer Stop Shop” – is located at the end of the platform after the bar, this is fully manned on running days. It is accessible to wheel chair users.

Contact Information

Address: Rushden Station, Station Approach, Rushden, Northants NN10 0AW.

Email: museum@rhts.co.uk

Website: http://www.rhts.co.uk/ Facebook:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Rushdenrailwaystation

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RushdenTM

Hours of operation Saturday & Sunday 14.00 to 16.00 (last admission 15.40) April to October Running Days 11.00 to 16.30 (last admission 16.15) Groups by prior arrangement, at any other agreed time.

Who to contact

E-mail
museum@rhts.co.uk
Website
www.rhts.co.uk/

Where to go

Name
Rushden Historical Transport Society,
Address
The Station
Station Approach
Rushden
Northamptonshire
Postcode
NN10 0AW
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Saturday & Sunday 14.00 to 16.00 (last admission 15.40) April to October Running Days 11.00 to 16.30 (last admission 16.15) Groups by prior arrangement, at any other agreed time.

Other Details

Costs

Details
Admission Admission is free, but donations are gratefully received and appreciated. We welcome feedback to help us continually improve and there is a survey form for this purpose, obtainable on entry with a collection box at the end of your visit.
Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old
SEN Provision Type
Universal