The Model Railway Club recreates historic King’s Cross railway workers’ mug


By Phil Parker

11 June 2021

Based on archaeological excavations adjacent to Central St Martins, the MRC's exclusive new artwork revives the Goods Station Refreshment Club.

From its very beginning, King’s Cross goods yard had a staff food facility – this developed into the ‘Goods Station Refreshment Club’ sometime between 1873 – 1884, continuing to grow in size into the last century.

MRC members have been building a model of this building on the 2mm scale layout, Copenhagen Fields.  The prototype building was demolished by 1970, but during recent archaeological excavations, a significant number of remains of Refreshment Club mugs were found, stylishly decorated with red banding and a transfer-printed circular GNR logo.

The Club has had facsimile fine china mugs made with the characteristic banding and motif. They are a good size with a generous handle and ideal for dunking biscuits!

Priced at £9.50 each, details can be found on the club website. All proceeds go towards supporting The Model Railway Club in London.

 

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