Days out in Yorkshire: National Railway Museum, York

The National Railway Museum is home to the carriage that Queen Victoria regarded as her palace on wheels.
The National Railway Museum is home to the carriage that Queen Victoria regarded as her palace on wheels.
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It is home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects.

Visitors can marvel at locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the workshop, browse the object-filled warehouse and let off steam in the outdoor play area.

If the National Railway Museum were to digitise the entire collection of paper based artefacts, it would take one person a mind-blowing 240 years of computer scanning.

The largest locomotive in the collection is the Chinese Locomotive. The huge machine is so large that it is actually one foot too wide and two feet too high to operate on British lines.

The museum collection includes a lock of Robert Stephenson’s hair, believed to have been taken at the time of his death. Robert Stephenson was the only son of the early railway innovator, George Stephenson. Robert’s achievements included building the revolutionary steam locomotive Rocket, winner of the Rainhill trials.

The National Railway Museum is also home to the only Japanese Bullet Train outside Japan. In the 1960s Japan reinvented the passenger railway. The Shinkansen was the first railway designed to move large numbers of people in comfort at high speed, on the Bullet train. The service was compared to air travel and travels at speeds up to 270 km/ph. Learn more in our daily Shinkansen talks.

The museum’s photographic collection is so extensive that on average there are 29 photos for every day since 1850 when the photographic collection began.

FACTFILE

OPENING TIMES: Monday-Sunday 10am-6pm, closed Dec 24, 25 and 26

ADDRESS: NRM York, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ

TELEPHONE: 08448 153139

WEBSITE: www.nrm.org.uk

ENTRY: Free

SNOW GO: The train will leave whether it snows or not.

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