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National Railway Museum to feature ‘Wonder Wednesday’ as part of half-term activities

Families visiting the National Railway Museum this February will have the chance to meet real-life railway engineers as part of the museum’s programme of half-term activities.

‘Wonder Wednesday’, supported by Network Rail, will give mini-engineers the opportunity to discover the important role that rail engineers play and learn about the innovative ideas and technologies that will shape the future of railways.

Representatives from Network Rail, Amey UK, and Atkins Ltd will be at the museum to talk about their jobs and visitors will be able to try a range of hands-on activities.

The museum’s wider programme of half-term events will run from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 February and will look at how the railways are controlled to keep trains moving safely and on time.

The nine-day programme includes fun-filled activities such as Make-Your-Own Marble Run and Robot Railways where visitors will be able to design their own digital railway using colour to guide their robot. The popular Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Signalling School will also be operating (Sat 19 Feb only), demonstrating how railway signals work.  Exciting object hunts are also available from within the Great Hall.

Rachael Bevan, Schools and Families Manager at the National Railway Museum, said: “We’re really excited to be welcoming visitors along to try our half term programme of activities. Visitors will have the chance to meet and talk to real-life rail engineers and we hope that our younger visitors are inspired by the experience.

“Our other activities will encourage visitors to get creative and gain a better understanding of how our collection connects with science and engineering to impact their everyday lives.”

Alongside the half term activities, visitors can also enjoy the museum’s Miniature Railway, the Mallard Experience ride, and indoor and outdoor play areas.

Specific activities do not require advance booking and instead will take place as free drop-in sessions throughout the day between 11:00-15:00, however visitors must book a free general admission ticket prior to visiting. The museum is open between 10.00-17.00.

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Notes to Editors

About the National Railway Museum

  • The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and prior to the pandemic, attracted more than 750,000 visitors per year
  • The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals as well as railway uniform, equipment, documents, artwork and photographs
  • The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon
  • Admission to the National Railway Museum is free, although visitors must book in advance, visit:

Part of the Science Museum Group