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National Railway Museum Collection

The National Railway Museum takes you on a captivating journey through the rich history of railways, showcasing iconic moments and landmarks that shaped the industry

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 1 June 1920

Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 1 June 1920. Platform number 1

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Saffron Walden railway sidings, looking east from Debden Road overbridge. At top

Saffron Walden railway sidings, looking east from Debden Road overbridge. At top left is the Great Eastern public house, with a Great Eastern Railway office

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Sudbury station goods yard, forming part of original terminal station, in right background

Sudbury station goods yard, forming part of original terminal station, in right background, passenger station on sharp curve beyond footbridge carrying public footpath over running lines

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Class 55 DELTIC. 5 November 1981

Class 55 DELTIC. 5 November 1981
Class 55 Deltic 55002 The Kings Own Light Infantry outside York station with York Minster in the background, 5 November 1981

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York, North Eastern Railway

York, North Eastern Railway. View of the grand office building for the North Eastern Railway headquarters, later used by the LNER and British Railways. It is now a hotel

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: London Victoria station, Southern Railway, 1930s

London Victoria station, Southern Railway, 1930s
London Victoria station, Southern Railway. View across the concourse along platforms 9 and 10, very crowded at rush hour, about 1938. At the end of the platform is a W H Smith bookstall

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: London Paddington station, Great Western Railway, 1840

London Paddington station, Great Western Railway, 1840
London Paddington station, Great Western Railway at night. Watercolour of the original station in 1840. Passengers are boarding trains, some of them carrying trunks

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York station, North Eastern Railway, August 1906

York station, North Eastern Railway, August 1906
York station, North Eastern Railway. Looking north inside the station along the nearly empty main southbound platform 4, showing the roof and ironwork with suspended gas lamps. August 1906

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York station, North Eastern Railway

York station, North Eastern Railway, about 1880. View along the curving platform with a waiting passenger train

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York, Holgate Bridge, London and North Eastern Railway. 1937

York, Holgate Bridge, London and North Eastern Railway. 1937. At Holgate bridge, a signal gantry stands high above the tracks on the approach into York station

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 9 June 1920

Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 9 June 1920. View of the platforms and station clock

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Kings Cross station, London, Great Northern Railway

Kings Cross station, London, Great Northern Railway. View of tracks 6 to 10, with several passenger carriages in view. There is a height gauge over the centre track

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Kings Cross station, London, British Railways, c1949-1950

Kings Cross station, London, British Railways, c1949-1950
Kings Cross station, London, British Railways. View along the busy platform 10, with the 10.00 service to Edinburgh (the Flying Scotsman) preparing for departure. c1949-50

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: View west from South Road at Saffron Walden Station. Unloading bank on left run-round loop centre

View west from South Road at Saffron Walden Station. Unloading bank on left run-round loop centre and branch line on right. Beyond the station canopy is the signal box. Station Road on right

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York station, 1953

York station, 1953. A member of the station staff checking a boys platform ticket. The man is wearing an LNER cap, although by this time he worked for the nationalised British Railways

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York station, London & North Eastern Railway, about 1951

York station, London & North Eastern Railway, about 1951
York station, London & North Eastern Railway. Looking north from the footbridge 1951ja A southbound train is arriving at platform 8 with A2 class 4-6-2 locomotive Edward Thompson

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Liverpool Exchange station, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. View of the 2. 10 Liverpool-Hull

Liverpool Exchange station, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. View of the 2. 10 Liverpool-Hull
Liverpool Exchange station, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. View of the 2.10 Liverpool-Hull train preparing to depart, with people standing on the platform. 21 September 1909

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Interior of Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon, County Durham

Interior of Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon, County Durham, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York station, engine sheds and locomotive yards, London & North Eastern Railway

York station, engine sheds and locomotive yards, London & North Eastern Railway. Detailed plan of the layout of tracks and buildings, probably in the 1920s

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Kings Cross station, London, British Rail, January 1988

Kings Cross station, London, British Rail, January 1988
Kings Cross station, London, British Rail. View across the platforms with four InterCity 125 high speed train locomotives in view. 7 January 1988

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: View east from South Road at Saffron Walden station. Left running line. Branch train

View east from South Road at Saffron Walden station. Left running line. Branch train in head shunt adjacent to coaling stage, centre right

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York station, June 1987

York station, June 1987. Platforms 10 and 11, showing an terminated intercity train and a Huddersfield bound Class 144 and Class 150 coupled together

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York North Motive Power Depot

York North Motive Power Depot. North Eastern Railway locomotive 2-2-4T no. 1679

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York Carriage and Wagon Works

York Carriage and Wagon Works. Interior view of the carriage building shop, with six Travelling Post Office carriages under construction. 1933

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York station, London & North Eastern Railway

York station, London & North Eastern Railway. View from the south of a train leaving the station. The locomotive is ex-North Eastern Railway class R 4-4-0 no

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York North locomotive depot, London & North Eastern Railway, 29 April 1942

York North locomotive depot, London & North Eastern Railway, 29 April 1942
York North locomotive depot, London & North Eastern Railway. A4 locomotive 4-6-2 no. 4469 Sir Ralph Wedgwood damaged beyond repair as a result of a German air raid during the Second World War

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: London Victoria station, British Railways, January 1949

London Victoria station, British Railways, January 1949
London Victoria station, British Railway. Part of the concourse showing the tea room in the central section of the station. 25 January 1949

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Kings Cross station, British Railways, c1950s

Kings Cross station, British Railways, c1950s. The luxury Queen of Scots Pullman train arriving into Kings Cross station, hauled by a Class A3 engine, built by the London & North Eastern Railway

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Huntingdon station, view looking west from platform, 1910. The Great Northern & Great

Huntingdon station, view looking west from platform, 1910. The Great Northern & Great Eastern Railway joined the Great Northern Railway main line at this point

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Middleton station, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. View of the station, looking north

Middleton station, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. View of the station, looking north, with a goods train on the upper level. 1 November 1920

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Looking north-west from loading bank to goods shed and goods enquiry office at Saffron

Looking north-west from loading bank to goods shed and goods enquiry office at Saffron Walden Station. Cattle wagon and vent van in cattle dock

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: The Oaks station, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway

The Oaks station, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway), 1933
The Oaks station, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway), near a proposed site for a pump, 4 August 1933

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: The Oaks station, Bolton, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, about 1902. View of the station

The Oaks station, Bolton, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, about 1902. View of the station, between Bolton and Bromley Cross, looking towards Bolton

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Liverpool Exchange station, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. View of the concourse

Liverpool Exchange station, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. View of the concourse from the end of platform 3. On the right is the Midland booking office at the end of platforms 4 and 5

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Ely North Junction, 1911, signal box on the right. Past the house the Kings Lynn

Ely North Junction, 1911, signal box on the right. Past the house the Kings Lynn main line diverges left from the Norwich line. On the left the March line joins the main line into Ely

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York station, North Eastern Railway, c1910

York station, North Eastern Railway, c1910
York station, North Eastern Railway. View of the station from platform 4, showing petrol electric railcar no. 317D at platform 5 after working the 08.52 Cawood-Selby-York service (arriving at 09.49)

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Huntingdon station, taken looking North West from West side of Great Northern Railway main line

Huntingdon station, taken looking North West from West side of Great Northern Railway main line. GNR station left distance, joint line junction centre and GNR south signal box

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: View north from Bishops Stortford station. Granary on the left; Great Eastern

View north from Bishops Stortford station. Granary on the left; Great Eastern Railway van in the siding. Hockerill Street overbridge in the distance. Dunmow line diverged beyong the building

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Shipley station, British Rail, July 1985

Shipley station, British Rail, July 1985
Shipley station, British Rail. The main station entrance. July 1985

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Hellifield Station, British Rail, 21 September 1984

Hellifield Station, British Rail, 21 September 1984. Showing the boarded up station buildings and platforms of this still functioning Settle to Carlisle line station

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: York, locomotive signal box in locomotive yard

York, locomotive signal box in locomotive yard
Signal box in York locomotive yard, with a signal gantry in the foreground

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Huntingdon station, Great Northern and Great Eastern Railwaylocomotive shed on left

Huntingdon station, Great Northern and Great Eastern Railwaylocomotive shed on left
Huntingdon station, Great Northern and Great Eastern Railway locomotive shed on left. GNR somersault signal with back-to-back up and down line arms on same post in the foreground

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Manchester Exchange station, London Midland and Scottish Railway

Manchester Exchange station, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly London and North Western Railway), 1927
Manchester Exchange station, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly London and North Western Railway). View of the station entrance. May 1927

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Gladstone Dock station (Liverpool), Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. View of the

Gladstone Dock station (Liverpool), Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. View of the entrance to the station, with a large arched sign

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: View looking east at Dunmow railway station yard, about 1911

View looking east at Dunmow railway station yard, about 1911

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: View looking east towards Braintree at Dunmow Station about 1911. Water tank in foreground

View looking east towards Braintree at Dunmow Station about 1911. Water tank in foreground obscuring station building. The stationmasters house is beyond

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: The Oaks, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway)

The Oaks, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway)
The Oaks station, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway), 4 August 1933. View near a proposed site for a pump

Background imageNational Railway Museum Collection: Liverpool Exchange station, London Midland and Scottish Railway

Liverpool Exchange station, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway). Interior of the station showing the times, stations to and times of electric train services



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The National Railway Museum takes you on a captivating journey through the rich history of railways, showcasing iconic moments and landmarks that shaped the industry. Step back in time to Saffron Walden railway sidings, as you gaze east from Debden Road overbridge, immersing yourself in the bustling atmosphere of Class 55 DELTIC on a crisp November day in 1981. Venturing further into the exhibit, York's North Eastern Railway greets you with its grandeur and elegance. Marvel at Liverpool Street station's Great Eastern Railway captured beautifully on June 1st, 1920, where passengers embarked on their adventures amidst an era of change and progress. As you wander through London Victoria station's Southern Railway scene from the glamorous 1930s, be transported to an age when travel became synonymous with style and sophistication. The enchantment continues at London Paddington station; witness its inception in 1840 by the Great Western Railway – a testament to engineering brilliance standing tall for centuries. York station beckons once more with its nostalgic charm; relive August 1906 when it was abuzz with life under North Eastern Railway's watchful eye. Holgate Bridge stands proud against the skyline as part of London and North Eastern Railway's legacy dating back to 1937 – an architectural masterpiece frozen in time. Kings Cross station emerges next, first as a hub for Great Northern Railway then transitioning into British Railways' domain around c1949-1950. Picture yourself amidst bustling platforms where dreams were set in motion and farewells were bid beneath towering arches that witnessed countless journeys unfold. Finally, cast your eyes upon South Road at Saffron Walden Station; observe unloading banks on your left while run-round loops take center stage - remnants of an era when railroads connected communities far and wide. At the National Railway Museum, these glimpses into our past come alive through meticulously preserved artifacts and captivating stories.