The impact of the Coronavirus

Following relaxation of the Government’s coronavirus restrictions, I am delighted to confirm that the National Railway Museum at both York and Shildon (Locomotion) are now open again. 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.


It is hoped to be able to give more information about re-opening of the Friends office very soon, but for now, if you wish to contact us please continue to do so by email.


Thank you for your continued patience.

Best wishes


Philip Benham

Chairman, Friends of the National Railway Museum


Philip started work with British Rail 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. 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.