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Research and archive

From 18 March and until further notice the Search Engine library and archives will be closed to the public. We will continue to monitor and respond to emails sent to search.engine@railwaymuseum.org.uk but we regret that we cannot respond to phone calls or letters. Our copying service will continue to operate with a reduced capacity.


Whatever you're interested in, from engineering and industry to the social history of railways, our research and archive facilities are here to help.

If you're looking for more information about a particular area of railway history and engineering, Search Engine is the place for you.

Find out how to plan a research visit.

Science Museum Group Journal

The Science Museum Group Journal presents the global research community with peer-reviewed papers relevant to the wide-ranging work of the Science Museum Group. The journal freely shares the research of the Group's museums, including the National Railway Museum.