National Railway Museum, York

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    National Railway Museum

    by Ben-UK Written Oct 15, 2007

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    Their leaflet recommends a minimum of 3 hours to see all the exhibits in the 3 large halls and there really is a lot to see -- a fine collection of old locomotives and coaching stock, working replicas, models, an interactive learning centre, The Flying Scotsman Story -- something for all the family to enjoy -- an excellent museum and it's all free!

    Opening times -- Daily 10-00 to 18-00

    Closed 24/25/26 December

    'Iron Duke' 'Hardwicke'
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  • Visiting the National Railway Museum by train

    by adruff Written Jul 18, 2007

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    If you're arriving in York by train, there's no need to walk out of the station's main entrance and go the long way around to the museum. Just cross the station footbridge to the very back of the station and follow the signs to the NRM.

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    Not just for train spotters

    by BlueBeth Written Feb 27, 2007

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    Ok, I don't particularly like trains, I'm not a spotter but this place just fascinates me!

    There are three enormous sheds filled with great displays of trains, real engines and signs from railway stations long since closed.

    At the moment they are renovating The Flying Scotsman and you can watch the teams of volunteers as they toil over this legendary engine.

    There are very well displayed exhibitions of the story of the railways in England and a store room full of stuff. I'd love to explain what this looks like but it is really just a huge junk room filled with stuff that the volunteers and staff at the museum haven't even had a chance to look at properly. There are statues and bells and benches and staff uniforms, alongside cups and cutlery from a bygone era.

    The Royal Trains exhibition is fascinating, such luxury is unheard of on the trains in England these days. (If you can get a seat on a train in England these days you're a lot luckier than me!)

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    FULL STEAM AHEAD

    by jetwind Written Feb 26, 2007

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    This is York’s biggest free attraction, located adjacent main rail station; the museum offers an impressive selection of locomotives from a replica of George Stevenson’s Rocket to the Japanese Bullet Train. You can clamber aboard most of the engines and get a feel of what must like to be a train driver.
    I recommend spending around 3 – 4 hours to fully enjoy the main attractions.

    Opening Times
    Daily 10.00 - 18.00
    Closed 24, 25, 26 December

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    National Railway Museum

    by Skibbe Written Sep 14, 2006

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    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.

    Japanese bullet train
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  • The BIGGEST & BEST Railway Museum in the world!

    by jduck1979 Written Mar 27, 2006

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    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 :-)

    55009 The train from the HARRY POTTER movie(s) A retired Japanese bullet train The Chinese Steam locomotive A selection of loco's in the Great Hall (Jul 04)
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    York railway museum

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 18, 2006

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    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.

    Royal Train Victorian gentleman & Ruth Mallard train

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    York Model Railway

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 26, 2006

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    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".

    The York Model Railway A very small part of this huge model railway More tracks
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    National Railway Museum

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 26, 2006

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    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.

    Entrance to the National Railway Museum Stephenson's Rocket Another early locomotive A turntable for locomotives A cross-section of the Chunnel
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    Take a ride in a steam train!

    by sandravdp Written Sep 5, 2005

    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.

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    Train crazy!

    by eveskisses Written Jun 7, 2005

    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!

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    Railway enthusiasts mecca

    by Galahad Updated Mar 12, 2005

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    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.

    Agenora, built 1829
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    the railway museum takes hours..

    by elsebeth Written Jun 1, 2004

    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:-)

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    National Railway Museum

    by KittyLou Updated Feb 19, 2004

    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.

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    The National Railway Museum

    by cheekymarieh Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

    Rocket
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