Great Hall


Loco collection highlights in the Great Hall, York

Rub shoulders with railway legends, from history-makers to record-breakers. This former engine shed is home to over 300 years of railway history including some of the biggest locomotives in the National Collection.

Jump on board the high speed Japanese bullet train – the only one of its kind outside of Japan – and learn about travel on the world's fastest passenger rail network. See giants of steam clustered around a genuine turntable. Take a ride on our Mallard simulator as you re-live the record breaking run in 1938.

You can only obtain access to The Works and The Warehouse through the Great Hall. From the Search Engine on the upper level, you can enjoy views across this awe-inspiring space.

Great Hall's history

Before it became a museum, the Great Hall was engine shed number four - one of nine in York. Built in 1877 the shed was used to house, clear and prepare steam locomotives for the mainline. In April 1942, along with York Station, it was badly damaged in a German air raid but repaired: many others nearby weren't so lucky.

It was used for working engines until 1967 and was used to store redundant steam locomotives from 1968 when diesel and electric locos were introduced. When the National Railway Museum opened in 1975 it was the ideal space to house our collection, enjoying a second lease of life!

More views of Great Hall

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