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INTERCITY 125: SIR KENNETH GRANGE
Named after its legendary designer, this is a beautifully preserved example of the High Speed Train which blazed a trail in 1976 and remains the world's fastest diesel locomotive.

STAR OBJECT
DATE: On display now
LOCATION: Great Hall

 
FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM HELPING TO PRESERVE 
BRITAIN'S RAILWAY HERITAGE
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Welcome to Friends of the National Railway Museum. Friends is an independent charity established in 1977 to support the National Railway Museum. We have raised £1.8m to date in support of the museum in funding, restorations, exhibits & acquisitions of new artefacts. We also support & promote research & educational projects relating to the history & development of railways.
 

"The Friends of the National Railway Museum are part of the lifeblood of our museum. Since 1977 they have championed and supported the work of the museum, from funding the restoration of internationally important locomotives, to helping to acquire historical objects that might otherwise be lost. Friends’ contributions can be seen and enjoyed throughout our museum, but they are also a big part of supporting our future vision, to transform our museums and to engage future generations with the wonder of engineering on the railways and beyond".

Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum

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Experience the thrill of being on the footplate of the world's fastest steam locomotive in this exhilarating simulator ride.

Ignite your imagination and immerse yourself in astonishing engineering as you re-live Mallard’s record-breaking run.

 

Membership to the Friends of the National Railway Museum brings the satisfaction of being involved in preserving, displaying and interpreting the best of Britain's heritage 

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The Friends of the National Railway Museum are part of the lifeblood of our museum. Since 1977 they have championed and supported the work of the museum, from funding the restoration of internationally important locomotives, to helping to acquire historical objects that might otherwise be lost. Friends’ contributions can be seen and enjoyed throughout our museum, but they are also a big part of supporting our future vision, to transform our museums and to engage future generations with the wonder of engineering on the railways and beyond.

Judith McNicol, Director National Railway Museum  

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VISIT the National Railway Museum

GET THE FAMILY TOGETHER TO MAKE MEMORIES AT THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUMS ATMOSPHERIC HALLS OF ICONIC LOCOMOTIVES

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About Friends of the National Railway Museum 

Friends was formed in 1977 to support the National Railway Museum. We help to fund the restoration of exhibits in the National Collection, the acquisition of new artefacts, and other projects that would otherwise not be possible

Friends of the NRM support and promote research and educational projects relating to the history and development of railways

Friends of the NRM have raised £1.8 million for the museum. Find out more here

Benefits of becoming a member of the Friends of the NRM

Opportunities to travel, on steam specials all over the country (eg Flying Scotsman) with our on-board shopping trolley

Discounts in the Museum’s shops, restaurants and car park

Annual trips to overseas railway museums and railway-related attractions 

A quarterly magazine, NRM Review, which   carries information relating to the Museum and  articles on a variety of railway topics (with a    supplement, Half Fare, for younger members)

About the National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts more than 700,000 visitors per year

The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon

The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals as well as railway uniform and costume, equipment, documents, records, artwork and photographs

The National Railway Museum’s vast art collection comprises over 11,000 posters, 2,300 prints and drawings, 1,000 paintings, and 1,750,000 photographs

How can engineering help us go faster, reach new heights and save lives? Find out as you explore Great Hall and discover the creative ideas that have transformed how we travel. This video will help you prepare for your visit, and show you things to look out for and discuss.

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Friends office open on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays   09.00 - 15.30

E: nrm.friends@sciencemuseum.ac.uk 

T: 01904 636 874

Office: 

Leeman Road

York YO26 4XJ

 

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Vision 2025 will transform the National Railway Museum, York, and Locomotion in Shildon. The National Railway Museum is on a six-year journey to become a global engineering powerhouse and a reinvented, inspiring 21st-century attraction.

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Michael Wallace Essay Competition

Michael Wallace, MBE, the Friends late lamented Honorary Secretary retired in 1992 as Deputy Head of Ripon Grammar School after 34 years teaching there. He was a life member of Friends of the National Railway Museum (FNRM) from the beginning and between 1992 to his death in 2018 he devoted his skills and a large part of his time to our organisation.

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On Early Shift’, iconic poster. 1948 painting by Terence Cuneo
On Early Shift’, iconic poster. 1948 painting by Terence Cuneo

Art collection. On display at the National Railway Museum. You might enjoy reading Signal Box Dreams by John Swanwick

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Bullion box and lead shot from the Great Train Robbery of 1855 Science Museum Group Collection © The
Bullion box and lead shot from the Great Train Robbery of 1855 Science Museum Group Collection © The

This bullion box is from the first great train robbery. A shipment of gold was stolen from a guards’ van on a South Eastern Railway (SER) train running from London to the south coast, where it met a ferry bound for France. The crime was discovered in Paris, when bank staff realised that thieves on board the train had replaced the gold with lead shot. The bullion box is one of over 750,000 objects displayed in open storage in the NRM Warehouse

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Michael Wallace Essay Competition
Michael Wallace Essay Competition

Michael Wallace, MBE, the Friends late lamented Honorary Secretary retired in 1992 as Deputy Head of Ripon Grammar School after 34 years teaching there. He was a life member of Friends of the National Railway Museum (FNRM) from the beginning and between 1992 to his death in 2018 he devoted his skills and a large part of his time to our organisation.

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Inspirational, legendary and hugely ambitious—this is the story of the colossal engineering feats that allowed travellers to cross a continent in style.

Spanning 5,772 miles across seven time zones, the Trans-Siberian Railway was completed on 5 October 1916 after 25 years of engineering ingenuity, innovation and back-breaking labour.

This exhibition will explore the extraordinary engineering challenge behind the railway’s construction, its social and economic impact on Russia and the unique experience of travelling onboard.

It will bring to life the story of one of the world's most celebrated railway journeys, with objects including a famous Great Siberian Railway Fabergé Easter egg, model carriages of a Trans-Siberian Express train and intriguing documents and drawings from the archives.

A raft of loans from museums, galleries, archives and libraries in Russia and the UK also feature.

Trans-Siberian: The World’s Longest Railway opens at the National Railway Museum (with a smaller display at the Science Museum in London) in 2022.

Be the first to hear more about this exhibition by signing up to the Events and Exhibitions newsletter.

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TRANS-SIBERIAN

THE WORLD'S LONGESTRAILWAY
 

  • FREE EXHIBITION

  • DATE: 2022

  • LOCATION: Gallery, Station Hall