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Gagging order


It was good of you to remind readers of the National Railway Museum's exhibition programme (NCE 29 March).

But it would be nice if NCE, of all magazines, could manage to resist linking any expression of interest in railways with the vision of trainspotters in anoraks.

Trainspotters form a perfectly welcome but pretty small proportion of the half million members of a wide, general public whom we attract to the NRM - one of the busiest museums outside London. Our aim is for visitors to return home, aware of how engineers' achievements over 200 years have changed the world.

Perhaps some of the younger ones will want to take up a railway engineering career as a result. Until, thatis, they see that every time an interest in railways is mentioned they are branded as a laughing stock.

Time to give it a rest?

Andrew Scott (M), Head of museum, National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ

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