Every great invention starts with a question.
Enter a world of experimentation, prototyping and testing and discover how these techniques help engineers and scientists find the answers.
Join us in this brand-new, free exhibition in our Gallery space and meet some of the ordinary people doing extraordinary things to drive innovation in the rail industry.
Testing showcases the UK’s latest railway technology from a diverse range of impactful projects.
Get a closer look at UK's first Hyperloop pod prototype, built by the University of Edinburgh's 'HYPED' team. Nicknamed Poddy McPodface, this smooth, scaled-down blue vessel previews what high-speed transport could look like in the future.
Behold the sleek lines of Hitachi's Class 800 cab and see some of the test procedures which are performed at the factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, before trains are released into the live railway network.
Discover the depth of research behind the benches which will appear on the Elizabeth Line. How do you design a seat which will be used by people of all shapes, sizes and preferences as they wait at platforms on this new underground railway?
Come and see how these innovative endeavours—and others including one of the fastest train sets in the world—prove there's much more to engineering than just a spanner and a hard hat.
Other things to see and do
Shinkansen: High-speed revolution
Climb on board our bullet train and step back to 1960s Japan, where a revolution in high-speed train travel is underway.
Think like an engineer in our operating workshop, where you can see rail restoration work in action.
Rub shoulders with legends—Great Hall is home to awe-inspiring engines telling the world-changing story of the railways.