We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“YORK Rail Museum-One time-ALL 6, 35-A4 LOCOMOTIVES”

National Railway Museum
Ranked #1 of 209 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: For a fantastic day out for the whole family in York, visit the award winning National Railway Museum. Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York's only National Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains. Get on board awe-inspiring locomotives, watch our engineers at work in the Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in the Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area. The children can let off steam in our outdoor play area, and our miniature railway ride is perfect for the whole family. Every weekend and throughout the school holidays, the kids can enjoy a lively programme of events, including science shows, story telling, steam rides, craft activities and special events. Please note that calls to our listed phone number (0844...) cost 4.25p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Visited York Rail Museum (which is the largest Rail Museum in the world) last week when for the first time
ALL 6 - 35-A4 LOCOMOTIVES have come together ,which include:

BITTERN - 4464, MALLARD - 4468, DOMINION of CANADA - 4489, SIR NIGEL GRESLEY -60007, DWIGHT D.EISENHOWER - 60008, UNION of SOUTH AFRICA - 60009
Dwight D Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada from their home museums in Canada and USA temporarily repatriated for the celebrations in York.

As you may know the MALLARD - 4468, holds the 'STEAM LOCOMOTIVE WORLD SPEED RECORD' of 126mph, which on the 3rd July 1938, raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set that record, This still stands up to today, and when you consider she was running on old rail tracks way back in 1938, and we still have not beaten this record in 2013, and we have all new ultrafast seamless rails and modern trains, incredible!

Got there very early with a friend John, to beat the crowds, and as expected it was very, very busy with camera's clicking from all angles, it was hard to get some great one time Photo's.
It was as usual free entry. though they were trying to collect donations to keep this great Museum alive.
I did consider the Rail Museum did MISS OUT on a money spinner by NOT producing a brochure on the 6 - A4 Locomotives, as it seemed like me many there were many asking for a brochure on them, though they did have a brochure illustrating the MALLARD. But they may in time produce one just on the six, with their journeys made to get hem all together in pristine condition.

However it was a great day, and the museum staff were great and still able to be happy and friendly, it must have been a hard two weeks for them with so many visitors from all over the world want to get a glimpse of these master pieces.

If you missed this chance, there is another when the Mallard and her 5 sisters come together on 26th October till the 8th November 2013 in York Museum, though the UNION of SOUTH AFRICA, may not be there.

The VERY LAST chance to see these 6 Great Locomotives will be at Shildon, near County Durham DL4 1PQ, on 15-23 February 2014
When they will say goodbye as they will all return to their native lands and their home museums and operations, entry will still be FREE!

The York Museum did not only show these 6 great Locomotives, there were many other trains, Coaches and wagons with Model railways, and a section of the Royal trains to see.
For us it was a great day out and well worth a visit, will defiantly go back again and again.
Capt.Harry

1  Thank CaptHarry1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (14,964)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"flying scotsman"
in 1,130 reviews
"royal carriages"
in 623 reviews
"bullet train"
in 445 reviews
"free entry"
in 921 reviews
"train enthusiasts"
in 271 reviews
"steam engine"
in 212 reviews
"love trains"
in 195 reviews
"station hall"
in 174 reviews
"suggested donation"
in 269 reviews
"all ages"
in 1,003 reviews
"main hall"
in 189 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 829 reviews
"on display"
in 449 reviews
"free attraction"
in 164 reviews
"few hours"
in 476 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 314 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 360 reviews
Filter

11,968 - 11,972 of 14,967 reviews

Reviewed July 15, 2013

Went to see the Mallard 75 exhibition crowds were queuing out of the doors by 10.20 am. Well worth going to see but take lots of water as very hot in the hall also we used the park and ride scheme as suggested by others.

Why the museum did not charge for this nor had a brochure not sure but well worth a visit whilst they are still in York.

1  Thank easyrider45
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Great place to visit lots to see & do. Plenty of things for kids to do.
Definately worth a visit especially with the special 6 trains all there at the minute!
If going soon get there early we queued for 45minutes to get in & there were queues allday, I would recommend getting there early before it opens.

1  Thank Claire H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We made a special trip to see the A4 class locomotives and queued for 1hr but it was worth the wait. The museum has changed a lot since we last visited and I was really impressed with the displays, particularly the open storage in the warehouse, and the improved facilities. The staff and volunteers were all very polite and helpful and you don't have to be a railway enthusiast to appreciate it - I would recommend it to anyone.

Thank helens52
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed July 15, 2013

What a great place and what an amazing collection of engines, particularly the A4's. it was our first visit to the NRM and our 2 sons loved it, especially our 8 year old train mad one. It was very busy, but worth the queue, especially as once in you were free to roam anywhere. We also came back early the following day and our boys managed to get into the Bitten, one on the drivers seat and one on the brake seat - they loved it and the guide really made them feel special. Good food as well. Overall a great weekend was spent at the NRM and I would recommend to anyone.

Thank Yes_Chef2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed National Railway Museum also viewed

York, North Yorkshire
 
York, North Yorkshire
 

Been to National Railway Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing