The impact of the Coronavirus

Following the third Covid-19 lockdown, the National Railway Museum at York and Locomotion at Shildon currently both remain closed.  However, the Sciencce Museum Group has announced that it is planned to re-open on Wednesday 19th May 2021, Government guidance permitting.


The Museum and Locomotion will then open on certain days of the week only 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. We are now able to progress new memberships and membership renewal online, but if you wish to contact us please continue to do so by email. The NRM Review was posted out  

on the 26 April.

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.