Caution! Railway safety since 1913
Discover the story of railway safety over the last century and explore the attempts to prevent accidents.
Immerse yourself in stories from centuries of railway history and discover unexpected objects 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.
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.
Our collection is home to over 1000 model engines, carriages and other rail vehicles and equipment, many of which are on display for you to discover in the Collections Store.
From the original drawings of game-changing locomotives to a 'no spitting' sign, our collection of railway objects 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 collection items under the spotlight on the Search Engine balcony in Great Hall.