Way back in 1981, British Rail offered a "special "High Speed Train"", travelling overnight for spectators of the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Charles and Diana.
Chat to real engineers and put your problem-solving skills to the test throughout half term. Book one of our exclusive 30 minute sessions on Monday 28 May to decide what you'd do if Kings Cross Station was flooded with jam!
Experiment with magnets this half term, 24 May - 3 June. Levitate a train in Maglev and Magnets, our free drop-in activity. Book your tickets for Magnetic Maze to build your own bottle-sized magnetic railway line to take home. https://www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/may-half-term
Put your brains and hands to work this half term with free entry for the whole family.
Experiment with magnetic-powered travel, discover over 200 years of history in a whole new way with our new Treasure Hunters app, and imagine how you would build the railway of tomorrow. https://www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/may-half-term
We're delighted to announce that we will be featuring in the new edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, one of only a dozen attractions across Yorkshire to be included.
The guide has been published to support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions – whatever their disability.
This time next week we'll be in the thick of our Railway History and Heritage workshop! Join us to hear about our latest research and get involved in discussion. Free to attend. https://www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/railway-history-and-heritage-workshop
Oh Lonely Planet, you flatter us! https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/the-10-top-sights-in-yorkshire-according-to-lonely-planet-1-9143913
Today we welcomed the UK’s first Hyperloop Pod to the museum, along with Flying Scotsman to celebrate our new brand.
We haven't lost our National status. In fact the next time you walk into the museum you'll see 'National Railway Museum' above the door. Our new logo reflects our local, regional, national and international ambitions, reflects our world-class family of museums, and has 17% more railway in it. We particularly love the sense of movement in the typeface - it reminds us of a train speeding past!
Our new breathtaking photographs reveal the full glory of just some of the items in our collection. Many thanks to Lee Mawdsley Photography Limited for capturing their beauty in stunning detail like never before.
We're looking forward to continuing to celebrate the past, present and future of rail with even more visitors.
Great Hall will be opening slightly later than normal tomorrow at midday. The rest of our wonderful spaces will be open as usual from 10am. We hope that this doesn't disrupt your visit.
We're delighted to announce that Professor Ludmilla Jordanova has been reappointed to the Board of the Science Museum Group, for an extraordinary third term, running from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2021.
The decision to invite Professor Jordanova to serve a third term, reflects the important role she is playing as chair of the advisory board of Locomotion. Locomotion was recently fully integrated into the Science Museum Group, having previously been run in partnership with Durham County Council.
Find out more about about Pakistan Railways locomotive SP/S 3157 and the role it played in Partition, from our wonderful colleagues at Museum of Science and Industry http://bit.ly/2HBKqIW
We're having a bit of a face lift this week! The works won't get in the way of looking at our wonderful objects, but you might have to use your cunning problem-solving skills getting into and around some parts of the museum. If you find that one of our entrances is closed, fear not! We are open 10am-6pm all week, but you might have to walk down the road to another entrance. We'll show you what we've been up to next week...
Did you know we have the oldest working model railway in the world! The model was built in 1912 for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to be used at a signalling school at Victoria Station in Manchester.
The model was used until 1995 to train railway workers in the rules and regulations of railway signalling. Since 2003 it has been restored to working order by a team of dedicated volunteers and today it’s still doing what it was designed to do, teach people how to signal trains.
Tomorrow (Saturday 14th) we will have the Lancashire & Yorkshire School of Signalling hosting demonstrations at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 2:30 and 3:00. Make sure if you’re paying us a visit you don’t miss this!
So the future of cars... is rail? 🤩
From York to Sierra Leone, A tale of two railway museums.
Read our latest blog about our relationship with the National Railway Museum in Freetown, Sierra Leone from our brilliant curator, Anthony Coulls.
One small journey but a great step for rail travel with Eurostar.
Looking for exciting days out? Why not visit our beautiful city!
This poster was produced for the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) to promote rail travel to York, ‘centre of a glorious holiday district’ in 1924. We might be biased, but it's still glorious so come pay us a visit! #onlyinYork
We've got so much for you to enjoy together this Easter break, including the chance to make your own paper model Flying Scotsman. See who can build theirs the quickest, team up to take on the challenge together or let the littlest of hands show the adults how it's done. Book your place to find the time best for you here: http://nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/make-your-own-scotsman
We're open 10am-6pm all Easter weekend, so come and take part in our hands-on activities. http://nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/easter-family-fun
To find out more about York Central and the National Railway Museum's vision for the future, join Tom Devine tonight at the museum for a free presentation 6.00pm - 6.30pm. This session is repeated on Wednesday 4 April at the same time. Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/york-central-the-national-railway-museums-vision-for-the-future-tickets-44255523462
There's so much to do in York that you simply cannot do anywhere else. Marvel at the largest expanse of stained glass in the UK at York Minster, find the only Halifax WWII Bomber in Europe at Yorkshire Air Museum, see a 1000 year old sock at JORVIK Viking Centre,and of course marvel at the world's fastest steam locomotive, Mallard, at our museum. What are your favourite #OnlyInYork experiences?
Forget your Easter egg hunt, it’s time to become a treasure hunter! Download our new app, battle against your friends and family and create a tour of the museum that will change with every game.
Free and quick to download, you can even continue the fun at home and find connections between items our collections and objects you use every day.
The National Railway Museum is planning a complete transformation that would see the museum become the cultural heart of York Central - one of the UK's largest brownfield regeneration sites. Have your say and help shape the future proposals at http://www.yorkcentral.info or visit a special exhibition starting tomorrow in the museum's gallery (running March 21 - April 27)
Today is Flying Scotsman’s first official journey of 2018, where it will travel from London Kings Cross to Scarborough. If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the World’s most famous steam locomotive, please do it from a safe distance.
For more information on Flying Scotsman’s touring schedule please visit http://www.flyingscotsman.org.uk/events/scotsman-on-the-tracks/
Photo credit: Liam Barnes
Feast your eyes on the latest installment from the Sir Nigel Gresley overhaul https://blog.nrm.org.uk/sir-nigel-gresley-overhaul-update-26/
If you didn't get to see Tim Peake's Spacecraft at the museum, take a look at it in 360 here: https://kuula.co/post/7ldv9
Being the top ALVA visitor attraction in Yorkshire is great, and it's even better when the wonderful York Minster is second! Can you see us waving from here, neighbour?
We’re excited to be launching a new app! Specially created for the Science Museum Group by Aardman Animations, Treasure Hunters is free to download and taking part is as easy as taking a photo.
Accept challenges, find fascinating objects and create your own unique tour of the museum! Find out more on the blog.
Catch one of our many demonstrations, talks, shows and workshops this Easter. Discover the inner workings of a locomotive and the story of early rail innovators in a new workshop! http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/easter-family-fun
Work together to craft your own paper Flying Scotsman model with us this Easter. Book your ticket now to choose a time to suit you. http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/make-your-own-scotsman
Congratulations to Peterborough Cathedral for winning our competition to host Tim Peake's Spacecraft in August. You can now see the incredible capsule alongside Tim Peake's spacesuit at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.
Meanwhile we'll be getting the turntable back to it's usual state this week in time for Easter, when you can enjoy our daily turntable demonstrations once again!
Did you miss Tim Peake's Spacecraft's visit to our museum? Take a trip across the Pennines to the Museum of Science and Industry from 10 March. Keep up-to-date with the installation of the capsule on their live blog: https://blog.msimanchester.org.uk/tim-peakes-spacecraft-live
Join us for three weeks of Easter fun at the museum, 24 March - 15 April. We'll ignite your curiosity and get you thinking about engineering in brand new ways. http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/easter-family-fun
Could the Millenium Falcon survive re-entry? Museum of Science and Industry are glad you asked! https://blog.msimanchester.org.uk/millennium-falcon-re-entry/
We are saddened by the news of the death of Sir William McAlpine.
A true Railway enthusiast and his name will be forever synonymous with the rescue of Flying Scotsman in 1973 and the establishment of the Railway Heritage Trust. We send our condolences to his family and friends.
Did Tim Peake take a photo of where you live from the International Space Station? Find out with this interactive map. https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/jun/15/astronaut-tim-peake-photos-of-earth-interactive-map
Please note that Great Hall will be closing at 3pm on Thursday 8 March to allow for the safe and speedy take off of Tim Peake's Spacecraft. Station Hall will be open for your enjoyment until 6pm.
Happy 10th Birthday Search Engine! We're celebrating the milestone of our fantastic research and archive facility.
To commemorate the occasion, our kitchen recreated a cake recipe from the father of the railways,George Stephenson's, very own cook book dating back from the 1840's.
The National Railway Museum is open today - we sell a range of hot drinks and have the heating turned on, so come and visit us.
The countdown is on.... Space Descent VR with Tim Peake leaves the museum on 6 March and Tim Peake's Spacecraft blasts off on 8 March. Experience them both while you still can! Presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/soyuz
The principles of fueling a locomotive are the same as fueling a rocket, but coal isn't much use! Find out more about hypergolic fuels and the chemistry of a rocket launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcjYdEW_HLQ&feature=youtu.be