The impact of the Coronavirus

Following the second Covid-19 lockdown, we are advised that the National Railway Museum will reopen at York on Thursday 3rd December. Unfortunately, Locomotion will remain closed as Shildon will be in Tier 3 under which museums are not allowed to open. This will position will remain until at least 16th December when the Government is due to review the tiers.


The Museum will continue to only be open on certain days of the week and for restricted hours, with not all facilities available. While admission remains free, it is necessary to book an entrance ticket on line in advance. Details of the days and hours of opening, and how to book, can be found on the National Railway Museum website.


We continue to be in discussion with the Museum’s management to establish when and how the Friends may be able to resume working from our office, but for the time being this remains closed. However, we are now able to progress membership renewal letters, but if you wish to contact us please continue to do so by email. The next edition of ‘Review’ is on schedule for publication early in the New Year.


The Annual General Meeting is now scheduled to be held on-line at 14.00 on Saturday 5th December 2020. The Annual Report was including in the Review No 171 (Spring) magazine and details for the AGM, including how to attend on-line, have been published in Review No 173 (Autumn) which all members should have received. Any member who has not received them, or is unsure, should get in touch using the contact us page on this website.

Best wishes


Philip Benham

Chairman, Friends of the National Railway Museum

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