The impact of the Coronavirus

Despite the recent changes in the Government’s coronavirus restrictions, the National Railway Museum at both York and Shildon (Locomotion) remain open. Normal opening each week will be daily from Wednesday to Sunday, although additional Monday and Tuesday opening may occur at holiday times. Some restrictions on hours and facilities available may continue to be in force for the time being. While admission remains free, it is still necessary to book an entrance ticket on line in advance. More information, including how to book, can be found on the National Railway Museum website.


The Friends office is open, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 09.00 - 15.30.

If you need to contact us please do so by email or phone 01904 636874.


Thank you for your continued patience.

Best wishes


Philip Benham

Chairman, Friends of the National Railway Museum


Philip started work with British Railways in 1968 in the railway town of Derby. His 47-year career was to take him across the country with the 1980s seeing him move east to be in charge of train operations first at York and then at London’s Kings Cross. Later he was responsible for the East Coast Main line stations from London to Scotland. Born in Hillingdon, in the London suburbs, his acquaintance with Yorkshire began at an early age when he would travel by train from King’s Cross up to Yorkshire on visits to his grandparents, his mother coming from Wakefield. From 2004 to 2015 he was General Manager/Managing Director of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and has been Chairman of the Friends of the National Railway Museum since 2012.