Make Tracks to the National Railway Museum This Half Term!
The National Railway Museum is hosting nine days of Big Fun with Little Trains this February half term.
From 16- 24th February, the National Railway Museum is hosting a free nine day celebration of toys and model trains. Visitors of all ages will be enthralled by the range of little locos from children’s pedal trains, to rides on indoor and outdoor miniature railways* that the whole family can enjoy.
Children will be able to get hands-on in the museum play areas and enjoy rides of all shapes and sizes. Meccano and Lego workshops and the G-Wizz garden railway (complete with grass, plants and its own water feature) will add to the fun. Family friendly model layouts will be on display and visitors can take part in a Chuggington(C) challenge to stack your track as high as possible. As well as the toy train fun, visitors can enjoy the regular school holiday activities including explosive science shows, turntable demonstrations and rides behind a real steam engine*. The 100 year old signal school, used to train would-be signallers, will also be open for visitors to marvel at.
As well as taking part in the wide range of activities on offer across the museum’s enormous site, visitors can also explore the Warehouse to discover an intriguing array of model railway objects including a model railway that is so small it fits into a banjo case, and a collection of model railway vehicles which boast a Guinness World Record for being the largest collection made by one person.
Zoe Roberts, Public Programme Developer said: ‘With this February set to be freezing, parents who are desperate to get out of the house with the kids should make tracks to the National Railway Museum! We have a range of fun activities to keep children and their parents entertained throughout half term and all under one roof! Big Fun with Little Trains opens on 16th February.’
* Small charge may apply.
- The Museum houses a Guinness world record holding collection – the largest collection of model railway vehicles built by one man. James Peel Richards’ dedication to model building led him to construct 610 model railway vehicles during his lifetime. His aim was to build the entire LNWR fleet of locomotives, carriages and wagons as they would have appeared on one day on the railway.
- The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts over 700,000 visitors per year.
- The National Railway Museum’s collection includes over 300 locomotives and rolling stock, 628 coins and medals, 4899 pieces of railway uniform and costume, railway equipment, documents, records, artwork and railway photographs.
- The National Railway (I feel like a parrot here….) houses a world class collection of Royal trains, which includes a collection of Royal carriages, from those used by Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II.
- The National Railway Museum’s (Squark!) vast art collection comprises of 11,270 posters, 2,358 prints and drawings, 1052 paintings, and 1,750,000 photographs, many of which have never been on public display.
- The National Railway Museum (flaps wings a bit) forms part of the Science Museum Group along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester, the National Media Museum in Bradford and the National Railway Museum in Shildon.
- Admission to the National Railway Museum is free.
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