National Railway Museum

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October, 2021

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Entrance to the “National Railway Museum”: National Railway Museum in York is remarkably, free, but as with most such ventures, donations are encouraged. Although signs said advance booking was necessary, there was no queue and the helpful chap outside let us in to get our tickets.

We went into one hall with lots of beautifully restored trains and a coffee shop down the middle and then into the main hall with Eurostar, Shinkansen (the only one outside Japan), various royal trains and then the Mallard, where a former colleague had his wedding photos having got married in the Museum.

It was all magnificently done although it wasn’t possible to go into all the carriages because of Covid. However, you could go onto a mail train, and it was incredible to think of people sorting letters whilst being bounced around travelling.

We are not by any means train enthusiasts, and so we didn’t stay as long as many would, which is why it was so good that it was free.

We decided to cut our losses while we still had a bit of energy and left after a couple of hours, but it was remarkable and a geeky person’s dream.

Helen Jackson

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