National Railway Museum
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The Great Hall displays interesting railway carriages ranging from a 1913 dining car to a Japanese bullet train. The 1938 Mallard-the fastest steam engine in the world at the time-is here. A replica of Eurostar's nose cone is set in a channel tunnel ring.
Station Hall, a re-created period station, complete with sound effects, contains a variety of carriages and wagons-dining cars and sleeping compartments as well as coaches-into which visitors can peer. A "Palaces on Wheels" Royal Trains exhibition includes carriages dating from the 1840's to the 1940's. England's kings and queens travelled with bedroom, dining room, and saloon carriages.
The Works, a newer section of the museum, is where work on the museum's collection takes place on a daily basis. Visitors can view regularly changing activity, depending on the needs for conservation and restoration.
An interactive exhibit on mail delivery lets visitors sort letters and look at early and modern mail carriages. Further exhibits include Women at Work on the Railways, freight movement, and passenger travel.
The Warehouse is full of thousands of railroad objects and memorabilia. Included are such items as gold and silver travel passes, model trains, railway medals, and the bullion box involved in the 1855 First Great Train Robbery. Tickets, buttons, posters, archived documents, videos, old movies, photographs, silver and crockery, drawings and art bring the railroad experience to life. Station platform clocks, office clocks, and guards' watches, are part of the memorabilia.
One hundred and three locomotives and one hundred seventy-seven other items of rolling stock are just part of the world's pre-eminent railway collection in the National Railway Museum. Never has a story been told in more detail. Anyone with an interest in train travel will want to spend a day at this fascinating museum.
The museum is also home to the Yorkshire Wheel, a 200-foot high joy ride offering superb views of the city (if, that is, you dare to keep your eyes open!).
If you're a railway buff you know all about the NRM shop - home to thousands of rail-related goodies from scale models to railroad memorabilia. The NRM shop has its own, separate website.
About National Railway Museum
Address: Leeman Road, York, Yorkshire, England, YO26 4XJ
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: off A19
Website: National Railway Museum
OS: SE594 520
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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