National Railway Museum

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National Railway Museum
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
  • Box office 03330 161010
  • Opening times 10am–6pm.
  • Seasonal times Summer 10am–5pm; closed 24–26 Dec.
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National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world.

Its largest is the Chinese locomotive which is too wide by 30cm and too high by 60cm to operate on UK tracks, the only Japanese bullet train outside its home country and Queen Victoria's private rail carriage. Overall it includes over 300 locmotives and railway stock.

Its art collection includes work by Abraham Solomon, William Powell Frith and John Piper.

Take a trip to York and enjoy free entry at the award winning National Railway Museum. Home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering firsts, the museum celebrates the past, present and future of innovation on the railways.

Get up close to icons of the rails including Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive. Climb on board the Japanese bullet train, discover how high-speed rail travel began and journey back in time to experience the working life of a station. You can visit Queen Victoria’s favourite saloon, explore over 200 years of history and find out how railways shaped our world.

Watch turntable demonstrations, climb on board historic carriages and find out fascinating facts from our experts in daily talks and tours. Ride on the miniature railway and try our explosive science shows and hands-on family fun activities throughout the school holidays.

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