Object number 2038


The five Timperley brothers

In 1911, the then-ten-year-old George Timperley and his four brothers from ’s-Graveland began building miniature trains from matchboxes, wood and cardboard. The total of 150 locomotives and 30 carriages provided a realistic depiction of the railway stock that was being used by the various railway companies in the Netherlands at that time. Although they played intensively with these models for at least ten years, the brothers always managed to keep their homemade train yard in good repair. As a result, the collection of models made by the brothers was in near-perfect condition when it was gifted to the Railway Museum from the estate of George Timperley in 1993.