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National Railway Museum

Discover the intricate details of railway history through seldom-seen objects from our vast collection of over 1 million items.

Visit the balcony in Great Hall to take in beautiful paintings, medals, handcrafted models and other significant artefacts, many of which are on display for the first time.

The most well-known part of our collection—260 locomotives and vehicles—makes up less than 0.5 per cent of all our objects. Highlights focuses on intriguing stories and little-known facts from the rest of the collection, which includes everything from paintings, ceramics and signage to coins, photographs and rare books.

The objects on display include:

  • The George Cross medal awarded posthumously to train driver Wallace Oakes after he stayed aboard a burning locomotive to prevent a serious accident in 1965
  • Terence Cuneo’s painting Service to Industry, commissioned by British Railways to show the importance of modernisation to the rail network
  • David Shepherd's 1955 painting Service By Night—a tribute to the artist, who died last year
  • A section of the influential original Britannia Bridge, which was designed by railway pioneer Robert Stephenson and completed in 1850

 

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