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Welcome to The Friends of the National Railway Museum

About us

The Friends of the National Railway Museum is a charity, number 273829. FNRM 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.


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We support and promote research and educational projects relating to the history and development of railways. Over the last 40 years, the Friends of the National Railway Museum have raised over £2m in support of the museum.

The Friends are based in our own office at the Railway Museum in York with a North East branch at Locomotion and a group in the South of England.

A cheque for £250,000 towards the NRM’s new ‘Wonderlab’ development is handed over the Museum Director, Judith McNicol

"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  

Becoming a member of the Friends of the National Railway Museum

By becoming a member of the Friends of the National Railway Museum, you help support all of this, whilst also receiving the following:

To be a member of FNRM, means to be part of preserving, displaying and interpreting the best of Britain’s railway heritage. To sign up, please head to our Membership page. To make a donation, please click the link below. 


Make a donation

We're a charity and rely on donations to help us continue to support the museum. 
You can make a donation online or if you'd prefer by post (cheques payable to 'FNRM' please) to The Friends of the National Railway Museum, Leeman Road York YO26 4XJ

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© The Friends of the National Railway Museum 2023.  Registered Charity number: 273829  

Contact Us

Enquiries of all kinds are welcome. You’ll find loads of answers to everyday questions across our website or you can contact our team.


Telephone: 01904 636 874

Alternatively, please use the contact form shown.

Our general opening hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Office: FNRM, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ   

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