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Thales and the National Railway Museum sign corporate partnership to inspire the next generation of rail professionals

Thales are pleased to announce their new corporate partnership with the National Railway Museum. This exciting partnership solidifies a shared vision, with the two organisations working together towards a united aim of effecting positive change within the rail sector. 

Based in York, home to the UK’s largest rail cluster of over 100 relevant companies employing 9,500 people, and boasting 13 leading rail education providers, the National Railway Museum is perfectly positioned. This prime geographical location presents significant opportunities for Thales as it undergoes its portfolio expansion of work in the North, particularly around educating and upskilling the next generation of rail talent in the region. 

The National Railway Museum is committed to supporting the need to plug the rail industry skills gap, by engaging young minds to inspire future generations of engineers and operators. This aligns with Thales’ dedication to supporting education of all ages, forming part of its broader social value agenda in STEM outreach activities. Both organisations are working towards the shared goal of positively impacting the UK Rail industry through the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths to young people, creating the future rail workforce.

Thales are thrilled to support the National Railway Museum in its Vision 2025 masterplan to become the 'World’s Railway Museum', a journey to become a global engineering powerhouse, celebrating the past, present and future of the railways. 

Julie Moody, Campaign Director at the National Railway Museum said: "I am delighted that Thales has committed to supporting the National Railway Museum. The support of our partners will allow us to achieve our transformational Vision 2025 masterplan and enable us to capture the hearts and minds of the next generation of engineers, innovators and thinkers like never before."

David Taylor, High Speed Rail Account Director for Thales UK, and Sarah Tack, HSE Director for Thales Transport Global Business Unit said "We are thrilled to have joined forces in a partnership with the National Railway Museum. This collaboration will allow us to demonstrate our passion for technology within the railway industry and provides an exciting opportunity to inspire people of all ages through education."


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