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North Shed reopens as NRM prepares for summer

The National Railway Museum in York has reopened North Shed and returned to seven-day opening to prepare for summer visitors.

The museum will also be running drop-in demonstrations and craft activities for families and is reopening the majority of exhibits to help meet expected demand.

Visitors will still be required to book free tickets online in advance and adults will be asked to wear a facemask indoors, unless exempt and to continue observing social distancing measures.  

Since reopening on 19 May 2021 after five months of national lockdown, the museum has welcomed more than 89,000 visitors. With restrictions on international travel remaining, the museum is expecting a rise in summer ‘staycations’ and 28,000 advance tickets have been booked so far. 

Catherine Clayton, Assistant Director at the National Railway Museum, said: “The museum is preparing for a busy summer and after spending much of the year closed because of Covid 19, we’re looking forward to welcoming people back for a great day out.

“As well as things like free family activities, we’ve reopened North Shed which we know is one of the most popular parts of the museum. Our latest visitor feedback has been very encouraging, suggesting that the majority of people feel safe and would recommend the museum to others. I would like to thank everyone who has visited us for their support during a very challenging period.”

Previously known as ‘the Warehouse’, North Shed is the museum’s third largest visitor area after Great Hall and Station Hall. It is home to thousands of smaller railway items including locomotive nameplates and station signs as well as the museum’s Flying Scotsman exhibition. Highlights to look out for include a model railway constructed inside two banjo cases, a statue of Britannia from Euston Station and a collection of historic chamber pots.

North Shed also houses the J.P Richard’s collection of 610 LNWR locomotives, carriages and wagons. Built between 1944 and 1999, they are the world’s largest collection of model railway vehicles built entirely by one person.

As well as models, North Shed is currently home to three full-size rail vehicles: Class 55 “Deltic” KOYLI, GNR Class C1 steam locomotive no. 990 Henry Oakley and an LNER buffet car from 1937.

To prepare for the summer holidays, the museum has reopened the under 5s play area and the outdoor play area and visitors can ride the miniature railway and Mallard Experience.

The only areas of the museum still to open are the Depot and the station viewing balcony.


For more information, please contact:

Simon Baylis (01904 686 299 /

About the National Railway Museum

  • The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and prior to Covid-19, attracted more than 750,000 visitors per year
  • The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals, equipment, documents, records, artwork and photographs
  • The National Railway Museum is part of the Science Museum Group of national museums which includes Locomotion in Shildon, the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford
  • The National Railway Museum in York returns to seven day a week opening over the summer holidays - to book free tickets, visit:

Part of the Science Museum Group