National Railway Museum, York

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    The National Railway Museum

    by Balam Written Jul 7, 2010

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    The National Railway Museum is a great Place to visit and is really a day out in itself. It tells the Story of the Railway since it's begining in the 19th century and displays Trains such as the The Rocket, Flying Scotsman and a Japanese Bullet Train. There is a fantastic collection of Carridges as well including some old Royal train carridges.

    Free Entrance
    Open daily between 10am - 6pm.

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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.

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    National Rail Museum

    by Britannia2 Updated Jul 28, 2009

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    In the railway museum

    You do not have to be a train fan to visit here but I guess it helps. The museum is a look at England's railways over the years and is set partly in the old roundhouse of the York engine sheds. The trains are beautifully restored and there is even a Japanese Bullet train to see. Some engines are cut in half so that the workings can be seen.
    This is a great museum for children - for example this summer (2009) (and in future summers if I forget to update this updated events) there will be a Harry Potter theme with Orton Hall (the engine that pulls Harry's train) on display and also theatrical productions of The Railway Children.There is a fairground and picnic area with giant games such as Connect 4 and Jenga.
    Also new in 2009 and a permanent display is the Learning Platform where you can see the museums new show from Rocket to Bullet - the history of the train.

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    Railway enthusiasts mecca

    by Galahad Updated Mar 12, 2005

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    Agenora, built 1829

    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.

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    The National Railway Museum

    by cheekymarieh Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Rocket

    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.

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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

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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.

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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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    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".

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    Suprisingly not just for trainspotters!

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 5, 2011

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    We went here expecting to just use up a spare hour or so as it is free admission but ended up staying until closing time! You don't need to be a trainspotter to enjoy this place as there is so much of interest to anyone with even a passing interest in our heritage and industrial history. Was also quite interesting to see a few items from Harry Potter films here!

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    Trains Trains and more Trains

    by Arizona_Girl Written Jul 21, 2010

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    If you have an interest in the history of trains- you can't miss this place. Also its FREE, which is nice especially if you are paying a high exchange rate for everything. They also had one of the coolest collection of stuff in the gift shop of anywhere I went. I learned more about trains than I will ever need to repeat in my life. Also its indoors and there is AC.

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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 :-)

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    In York I also recommend to...

    by JaumeBCN Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    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.

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    National Railway Museum

    by Airpunk Written Sep 2, 2010

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    York’s National Railway Museum is the world’s largest museum of its class and the UK’s most popular museum outside of London. The museum was founded in 1975 to join a collection of engines which was loosely displayed all over the city and even in some more distant places. For that purpose, a former British Railway locomotive depot, including a full working turntable, was purchased. Today it houses a collection of over 100 engines and hundreds of other exhibits like passenger cars.
    The most famous exhibits are a replica of Stephensons’s Rocket and the Mallard, which has the distinction of being the fastest steam engine ever with a speed of 126 mph. One part is dedicated to all the royal trains from Queen Victoria’s one on. If you have kids, they will surely enjoy it. Not only because all the steam engines, but also because of all the events they have for kids like a playground, drawing and tinkering as well as Thomas & Friends stuff. Entertainment for adults (cursed may be those who think of something wrong now…) is also given in form of turntable demonstrations, engine runs or by seeing people in the workshop restoring the “Flying Scotsman”. If you are a railway enthusiast this is paradise, if not, you will enjoy it too. It is easy to spend a couple of hours in this museum, try to plan at least two. If you still aren’t sure, if this is a right place to go, I would like to add that an Europan Museum of the year award (2001) is not won for nothing. Entry is free. You only have to pay, if you want an audioguide or if you want to use the library for private research.

    If you are arriving on train use the rear exit of the train station. The museum is close to the train station, but if you are at the main entrance, you have to take a 10 minute walk around a park and under bridges to reach the museum.

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    NATIONAL RAIL MUSEUM

    by alyf1961 Written Feb 10, 2009

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    The national rail museum at York is great. There are many trains on display including the flying Scotsman and the Japanese bullet. The exhibition is a favourite for children, enthusiasts and anybody with an afternoon to spare. Located next to York railway station it is easy to get to.

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