National Railway Museum, York

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The National Railway Museum in York is home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects.

Visit to marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, browse their object-filled Warehouse, and let off steam in the outdoor play area.

Below is a list of confirmed activity for 2016. The National Railway Musuem also run free fun family activities throughout school holidays including explosive science shows, interactive storytelling and daily turntable demonstrations.

Ambulance Trains, 7 July 2016 - 31 December 2017

Step into a forgotten First World War story. The new exhibition tells the forgotten story of the ambulance trains used to evacuate sick and injured troops on an unprecedented scale during the First World War. Step on board a railway carriage to discover the experiences of the passengers, and the medical staff who cared for them under extraordinary circumstances. Explore a rich treasure trove of photographs, technical drawings and diaries to uncover the moving stories of some of the millions who travelled on board, as well as the railway staff who built the trains at incredible speed. A series of free talks by curators, experts and descendants of ambulance train staff will delve even deeper into this fascinating subject, and a special exhibition trail will be available for families.

York Miniature Railway Ride, until 1 January 2018

Even bigger and better than before, the fun new ride journeys past gigantic railway objects and through changing landscapes in the outdoor South Yard space. Come back throughout the year to see the landscapes develop and new plants grow!

Details of all of the events can be found on at

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