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News Release - Issued by the National Railway Museum

Railway Museum has Cycling fun of its own to Celebrate the Tour De France

Staff at the National Railway Museum will be donning yellow jerseys and getting on their rail bikes this weekend as part of the museum’s Tour de France celebration.

On the 5 – 6 July, adventurous visitors will also be able to have a go at riding these quirky bikes*, before watching the Grand Depart live on a big screen. There will be a rail bike demonstration taking place for all to enjoy, and the museum’s interesting collection of rail bikes, also called velocipedes, will be on display for visitors to admire.

A velocipede is a vehicle of two or more wheels, which is powered by the rider. Velocipedes for use in the railway were developed to get inspectors and engineers around the tracks.

John McGoldrick, Associate Curator of Museum Collection said “I usually spend my time in the seat of a mountain bike, so to be sitting on a track experiencing a velocipede is a unique experience – all keen cyclists should come down and give it a go.”
*over 16’s only


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• The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts over 700,000 visitors per year.
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Kate Maughan-Brown
Press Officer
National Railway Museum
Leeman Road
York Y026 4XJ
Tel: (+44) 1904 686271