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Thousands of unseen national treasures are being made available through a pound;3.5 million project, Search Engine, at the National Railway Museum in York. The NRM archive - the world's largest relating to railways - holds 1.5 million photographic negatives, a million engineering drawings, 9,000 posters and 350,000 tickets. It includes an eyewitness account of the birth of modern railways - the Rainhill Locomotive Trials of 1829, won by George Stephenson's Rocket. Construction work is due for completion by autumn 2007. www.nrm.org.uk; tel: 01904 621261

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