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National Railway Museum

Signalling demo

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Find out how railway signals work and see our historic model layout in action with our team of award-winning volunteers.

For over 100 years the Lancashire & Yorkshire Signalling School model railway has been used to put would-be railway signallers through their paces. It uses authentic period signalling instruments to show how trains negotiate around the rail network safely.

Currently on display in our Warehouse open store, it's the only one of its kind and is still used by Network Rail today. To find out more, explore our online collection.

 

Demonstrations

On demonstration days, the layout will be in operation between 11.00 and 12.30 and between 14.30 and 15.30.  At 13.30 there is an accident reconstruction, and at 14.15 an interactive display of Single Line Token Instruments takes place.

Additionally, we usually have other signalling demonstrations taking place upstairs on the Workshop balcony from 11.00 to 12.30 and again from 13.30 to 15.30.

Scheduled dates