National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

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History of the National Railway Museum

James May at the National Railway MuseumThe national railway museum was opened in 1975 on Leeman Road, York. Since 1975 there have been many improvements. The National railway museum has a wide variey of trains including the record breaking Mallard which broke the world speed record for steam traction on the 3rd July 1938. It has also had some other famous guests including James May from top gear and the train that was used in the filming of Harry Potter.

The Mallard

The Mallard was a top link express passenger locomotive which was constructed in 1938. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and built at Doncaster works. The Mallard was a regular sight on the East Coast Main Line. In 1948 Mallard was equiped with a corridor tender, allowing engine crews to be changed without stopping the train.

Things to do

There is no admission charge to get in but they do ask for donations. There is a car park and a parking fee to use it. There is a cafe and shop inside.


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  • The Mallard

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