You don’t have to be a railway enthusiast to appreciate the huge appeal of the National Railway Museum. It’s a must for anyone interested in history, engineering, Victoriana or even the British class system of that age. The museum’s weighty collection, including over 100 locomotives and nearly 200 other items of rolling stock, tells the railway story from the early 19th century to the present day. Highlights include: the sleekly elegant Mallard, which set the world speed record for a steam locomotive in 1938 (126mph); the magnificent Duchess of Hamilton, restored to her original streamlined and Art Deco-inspired form: a replica of George Stephenson’s Rocket (1829); a 1960s Japanese Shinkansen bullet train; and the world-famous Flying Scotsman, the first steam engine to break the 100mph barrier.
Throughout the 2012 summer holidays family entertainment begins in earnest at the museum, to include storytelling, when readers will offer fascinating anecdotes about the trains and some of the important people, such as Queen Victoria, who travelled on them through the ages.
NRM York, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
Tel: 01388 777 999