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National Railway Museum

Objects and stories

See highlights from our collection, immerse yourself in stories from centuries of railway history and discover objects you might not have been expecting from the world's largest railway collection.

As well as hundreds of locomotives and carriages, our collection includes original engineering drawings, paintings, signs, posters, models and even a bridge.

We're refreshing the look of our museum and celebrating the past, present and future of the railways with the help of these distinctive locomotives.

These incredible inventions underpin our collection of over a million railway-related objects. Among them are the world's fastest steam engine Mallard, the exquisitely streamlined Duchess of Hamilton, a replica of George Stephenson's pioneering Rocket and the only Shinkansen bullet train to be found outside of Japan.

Railway companies have designed some brilliant posters over the years. Take a look at these eye-catching examples from our extensive collection.

From the original drawings of game-changing locomotives to a sign asking passengers not to spit in carriages, our collection of railway-related items reaches far and wide.

You can see more of these objects in Highlights, our newest exhibition which puts some of our most interesting non-locomotive objects under the spotlight on the Search Engine balcony in Great Hall.