The National Railway Museums at both York and Shildon (Locomotion) are open each week from Wednesday to Sunday, with additional Monday and Tuesday opening at holiday times. Admission is free, but to save time on arrival  both museums recommend that you book your entrance tickets in advance. More information, including how to book, can be found on the National Railway Museum website.


The Friends of the National Railway Museum exists to support the two museums and to engender interest in the history and future development of railways. In the past two years alone we have committed over half a million pounds towards museum projects, including being the principal funders of a major planned transformation of Station Hall – one of the two main exhibition sites at York. We are also contributing to the new Vision 2025 project – the most dramatic and extensive re-development in the Museum’s history involving work at both York and Locomotion.  By becoming a Friend you will receive our highly regarded quarterly magazine ‘Review’ and a range of benefits when you visit the museum. You will also be supporting the world’s greatest railway museum.  So if you are proud of our railway heritage, and excited about the future of rail travel, why not become a Friend?

Find out more here about about joining us. 


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.

Best wishes


Philip Benham

Chairman, Friends of the National Railway Museum

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Flying Scotsman - the locomotive  £9.95 

The definitive story of this famous locomotive, based on the publication by Geoffrey Hughes but brought up to date by Philip Benham with photographs selected by Chris Nettleton. This second edition has more pages and photographs of the locomotive in action during its first year back on the main line. This large paperback is in pristine condition, as new. It has b/w and colour photographs throughout. The painting reproduced on the front cover is by Philip D. Hawkins, circa 1938. Flying Scotsman LNER A1 pacific prepares to leave Newcastle Central for Kings Cross. 


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.