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SCOTSMAN AND THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM

From 2006, Flying Scotsman underwent an extensive restoration in the workshop of Riley & Son (E) Ltd. In 2016 the painstaking £4.2m project to bring the legend back to life—resplendent in BR Green livery in its guise as 60103—was completed.

As the restoration process came to an end, all eyes were once again trained on the world’s most famous locomotive. The next chapter in the Flying Scotsman story was its triumphant return as a working museum exhibit, conquering yet another record as the oldest mainline working locomotive on Britain’s tracks.


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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.
 

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LOCOMOTION
SHILDON

Get up close to incredible engineering feats in Shildon - the world's first railway town

Visit Locomotion 

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MEMBERSHIP

If you have any questions about joining or about your membership application, please email:

nrm.friends@sciencemuseum.ac.uk 

With Vision 2025 on the horizon there has never been a better time to join us. 

Find out more here

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NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM 

Welcome back to the vast halls of giant locomotives. Please book your free admission ticket before visiting here

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  

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

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

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

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)

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PLATINUM JUBILEE HOLIDAY

Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee with the NRM special May half-term family activities, royal carriages you can peep inside and a new exhibition all about the royals’ love of train travel. The museum have everything you need for a Regal day out.

  • HALF TERM

    • DATE: 28 May – 5 June 2022

    • LOCATION: Across the museum

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 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 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 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

What to see at Locomotion | #STEM | Engineering For Kids
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Contact Us

Enquiries of all kinds are welcome. Please use the contact form or the information provided below.

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.
With this investment, this transformed museums will show the cutting-edge innovations shaping our world today—alongside the extraordinary birth and growth of the railways.

By celebrating the past, present and future of railways and engineering, we will capture the hearts and minds of the next generation of engineers, innovators and thinkers.

Karen Harrison
Karen Harrison

First woman in Britain to be appointed as a train driver. In addition to her role as a driver, she fought for the rights of other women, and minorities, in the rail industry and active in The UK Train Drivers' Union

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JR West 'Shinkansen' or 'Bullet Train', 2002
JR West 'Shinkansen' or 'Bullet Train', 2002

© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum. Power car, Shinkansen Leading Car 22-141, 'bullet train', built by West Japan Railways, 1976, withdrawn from service in October 2000. Length 82'; width 11' 8"; height 14' 6 1/2". The Shinkansen power car 22.141 is the last to be withdrawn of the first series of cars in service.

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

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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Karen Harrison
Karen Harrison

First woman in Britain to be appointed as a train driver. In addition to her role as a driver, she fought for the rights of other women, and minorities, in the rail industry and active in The UK Train Drivers' Union

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