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When:

Sat 15 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 16 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Mon 17 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Tue 18 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Wed 19 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Canterbury Museum

In 1935, when only eight-years-old, Patrick Fowler was given a model locomotive as a surprise gift after taking part in a train-naming ceremony at St Pancras Railway Station, London. The train was named after his world-famous grandfather, New Zealand physicist and chemist Ernest Rutherford.

The real locomotive, on which the model was cast, was a London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Jubilee Class steam locomotive designed for mainline passenger work. The first train in the Jubilee Class was named Silver Jubilee to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reign of King George V. The next locomotive was named Lord Rutherford of Nelson - an indication of the esteem in which Rutherford was held. Rutherford officially opened the LMS Railway Research Laboratory in Derby on 10 December 1935. He and a party of dignitaries, travelled up from London in a first class dining saloon pulled by the brand new engine that was named for him.

Prior to the Canterbury earthquakes, the Rutherford’s Den Trust was housed in the 19th century buildings of the former Canterbury College (now the Arts Centre) and this was where Rutherford had studied and undertaken many of his early experiments.

As work on this building is not due to be completed until 2015, Canterbury Museum are exhibiting this historic locomotive until it can be returned to the refurbished Rutherford’s Den.

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