Rushden Transport Museum

Isn’t amazing how time flies? This was emphasised to us by the stark realisation that 1972 was 50 years ago! Yet it seems like only yesterday when these world events were hitting the headlines:

Munich Olympics and 11 hostages die at the hands of terrorists

Vietnam War rumbles on

Apollo 16 with astronaut John Young lands on the moon.

Watergate Scandal unfolds

What were you doing then, were you even alive?

Rushden Transport Museum research for 2022 has looked back to 1972 to find out what was happening on the topics of transport as reported in the local newspaper – the ‘Rushden Echo’.

Did you know, for example, that the Rushden Railway Society made a public appeal to raise £600 to buy a steam engine? But at the time of print they did not have anywhere planned to exhibit it, although several suggestions were made by the editorial written by ‘Mr Cobbler’!

We invite you to step inside our museum and “Read All About It” and chat to us about what you can remember – flares, Green shield stamps, new-fangled decimal money…

Our new display this year highlights the role of photography in capturing moments in time that years later become an important record of the past, as well as being a delightful art form.

So, come along to Rushden Station and snap a shot, or bring in gems of your old photos of local transport/events from the past to share with us.

We look forward to seeing you.

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.

Opening hours

Closed until 2 April 2022.

From 2 April 2022 to 29 October 2022 (subject to volunteer availability):

  • Saturdays: 10.00 to 12.00.
  • Events and open days: 10.00 to 16.00.

Please e-mail for confirmation.