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National Railway Museum

Relive the golden age of steam with a ride behind one of our historic locomotives—with rides on our Rocket replica new for August.

Step back in time this summer and experience what it was like to travel by steam train with a ride through South Yard. Visitors in August can ride behind Agecroft or our working replica of Rocket. Check our timetable toward the bottom of the page for dates of each experience.

About the locomotives

Modelled after the world-changing locomotive Rocket, our working replica will transport you back 190 years to the dawn of the railways. Rocket’s design—by Robert Stephenson in 1829—was superior to those that went before it. To find out more about this incredible engine, read our story.

Agecroft was built in 1948 by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn to shunt wagons at Agecroft Power Station in Manchester.

See below for each loco's running dates. Please note that replica Rocket rides are weather-dependent due to the nature of the vehicle and the open-top cab.

Scheduled dates (Agecroft)

Scheduled dates (Rocket)