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Railways are the most important and influential invention of our modern world. Their story is everyone’s story.

Vision 2025, the £55.3m transformation of the National Railway Museum in York and Locomotion in Shildon, is our five-year journey to become the World’s Railway Museum, connecting the past with the present to inspire the innovators of the future.

As we approach the 200th anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway and our own 50th birthday in 2025, we are wholly reimagining how we share the thrilling story of the railways with you, our visitors.

Our vision is to:

We will explore how the museum can be a social and cultural resource for York and a catalyst for resurgence in Shildon. As part of the York Central Partnership we will provide a huge economic boost to the city of York, creating jobs, opportunities and facilities for local people as well as supporting the businesses, goods and services we all rely on.

New investment in Shildon will see Locomotion become the focal point for a brand-new community, with the 26-mile stretch of heritage railway being rejuvenated in the build-up to the bicentenary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 2025.

Vision 2025 goes beyond physical walls. It will safeguard the collection, diversify our volunteer team, provide impressive open green spaces, reinvigorate our heritage buildings and embed two museums at the heart of their communities, in York and Shildon.

We can’t wait to share this journey with you over the next five years.