1977   £1.4 Million  60+ Projects 

Since 1977 over £1.4m has been raised by FNRM initiatives to support over 60 museum projects in the following  categories :- Locomotives – Carriages  -  Artefacts and Archives.   

The NRM acknowledges that the scale and range of the projects have made a significant unique contribution to the expansion of the museums offer to the public over the last 43 years. The cash has come from Members subscriptions , Trading , Outreach activities, Public Appeals, Partnerships, Lottery Awards, Legacies and Donations. 




 Photo: Ian Smith

LMS Coronation Class 6229 Duchess of Hamilton-

leased from Butlins and restored for main line operation between 1980 - 85. Read the article here 


© Philip Benham

Working replica of Stephenson’s 1829 original ROCKET.

Read the article here



Duchess of Hamilton on Shap - painting by Terence Cuneo

Limited edition print sales contribution from Richard Lucraft to the Friends Duchess Restoration Appeal. Read the article here 


Photo: NRM

Capt Bill Smith, the first Honorary Life Member of the Friends donated his Great Northern Railway locomotive 1247 to the NRM in 1980.  Here volunteers and staff are busy lavishing attention on their new arrival. Read the article here                     


Photo: Robert Hampton

LMS Class 502 Electric Multiple Unit built Derby 1939.

Restored and operated at Steamport by NW Group FNRM 1981 - 1990. Read the article here


Photo: SMG Collection

Chinese Government Railway Steam Locomotive 4-8-4. 

Designer Col K Cantlie,  Built 1935 Vulcan Foundries, Newton-le-Willows.  

Donated to NRM by Chinese Railways 1983. Friends supported restoration to Museum display standards. Read the article here


NRM archives

Letchworth Station 1912. Spencer Frederick Gore -1878 - 1914

Read the article here  


© Philip Benham

LNER A4 Pacific 4468 Mallard – 126mph on 3rd July 1938.

Restored to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the world record run.

Read the article here  


Photo: Lesley Cook, East Anglian Daily Times

The National Archive of Railway Oral History was a three year project developed and managed by FNRM and partially financed by an award of £95,000 from the  Heritage Lottery Fund. 

In three years the whole life stories of 500 men and women who worked on railways were recorded and deposited in the NRM archives. Read the article here


© Philip Benham

Although in the National Collection since 1980, for several years in the 1990s Great Northern Railway No 1247 was on loan to various heritage railways and was overhauled and painted into BR black in 1995.  On its return to the NRM, the Friends South of England Group raised funds for the locomotive to be repainted back into its original green livery, and in May 2009 it is seen here at Locomotion, Shildon. Read the article here                     


Signal gantry from SMG collection

F A R S A P  (Film Archive of Railway Signalling and People)

The Friends in partnership with The Signalling Record Society and supported by Network Rail and the Railway Heritage Trust initiated a project to record on film unique traditional signalling and operating practices at over 150 locations before they are absorbed into centralised control centres. Read the article here

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