The impact of the Coronavirus

Following the move of York to tier 3, the National Railway Museum closed on 31 December until further notice. Unfortunately, Locomotion is still closed as Shildon remains in a tier under which museums are not allowed to open. 


When the NRM re-opens it will only 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 online 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 NRM Review was posted out 1st February. 

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.

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