This is the world's largest railroad museum and has everything from some of the earliest cars to cars the Royals rode in (with bathtubs) to high speed trains. My father, who loves trains and has been to similar museums in the U.S., was very impressed by this one.
This has always been a favourite place of mine..... I think my first visit must have been when I was about 5 or 6, but I didn't get to go again 'til I was 25 'cos my family was too damn cheap to take me there.
Since then, the entrance fee has been scrapped (except for special events days).... I think you have to still book in at the entrance, but I just go in anyway.
There are all manner of locomotives and railway related items to have a gander at..... from a replica of George Stephenson's Rocket, to a cast off Japanese Bullet Train..... a chuffin' huge Chinese Steam locomotive, and all sorts.... including MALLARD (world's fastest steam loco) + also OLTON HALL (as used in the HARRY POTTER movie).
There are a variety of places to eat around the museum..... from a couple of picnic areas, to a cafe..... including one in the great hall, with seating that puts you right next to the buffers of a large Steam loco (I think it was "Duchess of Hamilton", but can't remember)..... the food was good (though a bit on the fancy side) & the waitresses weren't bad either (at least in Summer 2004 when I last went).
If you love Trains, or anything to do with heavy engineering, you'll just love this place :-)
We visited the celebrated National Railway Museum at the end of our visit to York, just before returning to London. Perhaps we were tired after a long weekend of sightseeing and drinking but this museum failed to capture our interest.
If you're a rail enthusiast you will probably love it. It's certainly a popular place, though rather noisy as the clientele were mostly parents with very young kids. There were also numerous single men with expensive looking cameras - of the type (you imagine) that do a lot of train spotting in their spare time.
The museum covers over two acres and is split into two sections. The first is concerned with the early days of the railways in Britain and displays carriages and engines from 19th Century trains. Also on display are sections of the old Royal train with all its comforts and luxuries.
In the second hangar, various engines and carriages are on display, ranging from the famous Mallard steam train to the Japenese bullet trains of the future.
Next to the York train station, near the National Railway Museum, is another attraction that is often overlooked. This is an elaborate model railway, the most impressive that I've seen anywhere. The craftsmanship and sheer hard work that went into this are incredible. It has
four different track systems, comprising over 300 meters of track. There are 14 trains running every day, plus hundreds of cars and a whole miniature world of houses, trees, bridges, vehicles, and on and on. The displays even simulate the change from day to night, with realistic lights coming on after "dark".
This the finest railroad museum that I've ever seen. It covers the entire history of the railroads, from George Stephenson's Rocket of 1829 to the Chunnel between London and Paris. It also has exhibits on rolling stock, signals, and much more.
It's also located near the train station, making it the perfect place to begin or end your visit to York. And if you're simply passing through on the train, and have a few hours to spare, you can check it out during that time.
The National Railway Museum in York is the biggest railway museum of Europe. You will see a lot of trains here.
You can see all kind of trains, from very old ones to the newer versions. You can take a look inside some of the trains.
There also is a possibility to view all items that have been used for the Brittish railway. Furthermore there are miniature trains, huge royal trains in a real station with platforms and you can take a ride in an old steam train.
In all honesty, York's national railway museum is a very interesting place for anyone who has even a slight interest for English history. The museum is full of old 19th century trains (including the famous Flying Scottsman!) with readings on individual trains and 19th century transport systems. The museum also features artwork made of all aspects of trains and old photography. The NRM is definitely worth a visit, especially because admission if free!
I went to York specially to visit the NRM and ended up spending two days there. On the first day I went to have a look at the locomotive called Agenoria which was built at Stourbridge in 1829 (even before the much more famous Rocket). One of the photographs on the VT site wrongly attributes the black engine with beams, rather like a mobile beam engine, to the Rocket.
The original Rocket is not at York but in the Science Museum in London, however there is a bright yellow replica of the Rocket - this really was a huge technical advance on the Agenoria. The Rocket won the competition for the Stephenson Company to provide engines for the Liverpool to Manchester Railway in 1830. One of the judges for the competition, called the Rainhill Trials, was Rastrick the builder of the Agenoria and not George Stephenson as written in one guidebook to the city.
The second day I spent in the NRM archives researching the early history of the Railway Missionary Society, founded in 1881. If you want to use the library or archives ring up first and obtain a readers ticket and book a table.
and its free ! When my boyfriend first suggested we should go see the railway museum I was hesitant because who would want to look at trains? But after we went there i found out it was actually very interesting. I dont understand how they can keep it free, because the place is huge and there must be many costs of keeping the place running.
I dont have any pictures from the museum but there are lots of trains there! it should give you an idea how it looks like:-)
This place is heaven for a railroad buff but it is enjoyable even if you are not one. My husband was excited to see all the famous locomotives. I was taken with the luxury of the royal coaches.
We at lunch at the cafe of the museum. It was OK, nothing special.
It appeals to adults and children alike. There is a vast collection of exhibits which are changed from time to time because they can't all be housed under one roof.
It is the world's biggest railway museum and has recently had a new wing added. The exhibits range from Royal carriages and giant steam engines to Eurostar and miniature railway rides.
In York I also recommend to visit the National Railway Museum. It includes from the oldest English trains dated 150 years ago to the most modern ones that unite France and the UK under the sea. It is one of the most important British museums outside London.
the national railway museum at york is home to a wide range of railway icons and literally millions of artifacts, from Mallard - the world's fastest steam locomotive - to a lock of Robert Stephenson's hair.
there collection, including 103 locomotives and 177 other items of rolling stock, tells the railway story from Rocket to Eurostar.
Permanent displays include the jewel in our crown - 'Palaces on Wheels'. With Royal saloons dating back to the pre-Victorian era, visitors have the rare chance to glimpse inside the sumptuous bedrooms, dining rooms and day saloons which really are palaces on wheels.
The National Collection also includes a host of other artifacts associated with our railways, such as 3,300 models, 6,500 items of silver and crockery, over 300 nameplates, 350,000 tickets, 1,800 buttons and 1.4 million negatives, 350,000 engineering drawings, 7,500 posters, 200 original works of art. It also hosts a vast archive of documents. History of the National Railway Museum
theres a Restaurant called Brief Encounter, there licensed restaurant, serves full meals and light snacks and is situated in the Station Hall. Open during the holiday season, there Whistle Stop cafe in the Main Hall serves lunches and light refreshments and we have a barbecue in the South Yard for more tasty treats.
National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world with a unique collection of engines, trams, paintings and photographs supported by special exhibitions and interactive displays.