For a while, the new GER museum also played host to a number of
special heritage train days. Even the Flying Scotsman paid a visit.
But recent years have seen a decline in activity, and in 2005 the
London Borough of Newham decided that the museum was no longer part
of its core cultural policy.
In December the Borough invited suggestions about the museumís future.
On 20 July 2006, the RDHR plan was formally endorsed by the Mayor
and Cabinet of the London Borough of Newham, who approved further
work to develop the scheme.
the years the museum has benefited considerably from the enthusiasm
and assistance of the Great Eastern Railway Society, which is still
working at North Woolwich on the conservation of the Great Eastern
official archive. (The archive itself has been mostly transferred
to the Essex Public Record Office.)
the museumís future lies in a change of direction. It is proposed
that it becomes a focus for the heritage of London Rail Ė in other
words, the suburban and local lines in London and the south east
which have been part of National Rail.
Work on moving the museum forward to play its new, wider role
will start in 2007.