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National Railway Museum 2016 Events

Below is a list of confirmed activity for 2016. We also run free fun family activities throughout school holidays including explosive science shows, interactive storytelling and daily turntable demonstrations. Details of all our events can be found on our website:

Destination Stations
25 September 2015 – 24 January 2016

Explore the past, present and future of some of the most iconic railway stations including Kings Cross, Blackfriars, Reading and Waterloo. Discover what makes these buildings so spectacular. Learn more about the architecture of these stunning stations from the 1800s to the age of change in the swinging 60s up to present day.

Eurostar Power Car
Now open

Come and see the National Railway Museum’s latest acquisition, a Eurostar power car, which will be displayed alongside the other locomotive stars in our Great Hall from 20th October onwards. The power car is a permanent addition to the National Collection at the museum, and represents a crucial stage in the ever-evolving phenomenon of high speed rail travel.

Dick Whittington (and his meerkat) Pantomime
10 December 2015 – 24 January 2016

This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the UK’s longest running pantomime Dame, Berwick Kaler and the York Theatre Royal team as you’ve never seen them before. Whilst York Theatre Royal undergoes a major redevelopment, Dick Whittington and His Meerkat will take place this Christmas in The Signal Box Theatre at our museum.

Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper and David Leonard can’t wait to join Berwick Kaler and the panto family once again to perform as part of this unique experience. As always, expect fabulous costumes, stunning sets, toe-tapping music, breath-taking transformations and magic spectacle.

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Flying Scotsman season

February – June 2016

A season of events and activities celebrating the fame and celebrity of locomotive legend Flying Scotsman, to mark its anticipated return to the tracks. Highlights will include an exhibition exploring the highs and lows of the steam icon’s rollercoaster career and a Flying Scotsman experience allowing first-hand access to the most famous train in the world.

The Season includes:
The Inaugural Run

February 2016
Ride behind No. 60103 Flying Scotsman as it makes its inaugural run between London King’s Cross and York. Take in the sights and sounds of live steam as the world’s most famous loco makes its return home to the National Railway Museum. Keep checking for updates on dates, prices and booking information.

Welcome home

Late February 2016 – date tbc
See the newly restored Flying Scotsman loco in its latest guise on public display for the first time and join us in celebrating its long-awaited return home as the oldest mainline working locomotive.

Keep checking for dates.

Need for Speed 

Weekends from 27 February and daily during Easter holidays
Discover how the railways have taken us from 29 miles an hour to over 300 miles an hour and beyond? Learn about our obsession with speed in our new interactive show which explores how Flying Scotsman set the first 100 mile an hour record for a steam locomotive.

Starring Scotsman

February – June 2016
A free exhibition focusing on the celebrity of arguably the world’s most famous locomotive. Why is Flying Scotsman so well-known and how has that fame manifested itself? The exhibition in our ever-changing Gallery examines the highs and lows of Flying Scotsman’s rollercoaster career, from glamorous modernist icon to modern day national treasure.

Arrival Dinner

3 March 2016, 7pm-11.30pm
Tickets now on sale

Celebrate the long-awaited return of the world’s famous loco in the atmospheric Great Hall. The gala event includes a Flying Scotsman-themed arrival cocktail and delicious four-course menu enjoyed amongst the iconic locos, entertainment, guest speakers and plenty of photo opportunities. Dress code is black tie and booking is essential.

Tickets are £80 per person. Book now at

Stunts, Speed and Style

25 March – 8 May
Free entry

Explore the history of the luxury travel between London and Edinburgh from its early days in the 19th century right through to the present day. Step on board four locomotives that hauled the world’s longest-established express train and learn about the stunts, speed and style that kept the service flying the flag for high-speed travel along the East Coast Main Line.

Flying Scotsman will be displayed with the Dynamometer car that demonstrates its record-breaking reputation, with GNR No1. ‘Stirling Single’, No. 990 Henry Oakley and No. 55002 Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry lined-up.

Service with Style

25 March – 8 May
Tickets now on sale
Immerse yourself in the rich history of luxury travel on board the Flying Scotsman route by stepping inside the carriages that tell the tale of the locomotive’s hey-day.*
*Tickets £8 per person for access to the carriages and are available at

Platform 4 Theatre presents ‘The 10am’

25 April – 10 April

Join Platform 4 Theatre company for a delightfully entertaining performance all about the famous locomotive Flying Scotsman.

Build your own Flying Scotsman

Daily from 25 March – 10 April then weekends only until 8 May
Get crafty and build your very own model of the Flying Scotsman and learn all about how this amazing locomotive works.


Daily from 25 March – 10 April then weekends only until 8 May
Come and join our Explainers for a special interactive story involving two of the most famous locomotives in the world!
Suitable for under 6’s.

National Railway Museum Lates

28 April (evening)
A night at the museum with a roaring 20s twist
Free entry*
Suitable for 18+

Travel back in style to an era full of fun and flappers! From cocktail making to whiskey tasting and Charleston dancing to object handling we’re hosting a Flying Scotsman themed lates evening offering a range of Scotsman inspired activity. With a fun focus on the 1920s, we’re highlighting the glamour and luxury of the train with a vintage vibe.

With live music and crafts we’d love to see you for a vintage filled, child free night at the museum.

1920s attire is encouraged.

More information will be announced in the New Year.

Visit for more event information.
*small charge for some activities

Flying Scotsman and the Shildon Shed Bash

23 – 31 July
Scotsman will be joined by some special guests at Locomotion: Shildon at this free event. As well as being in light steam daily with accompanying locomotives, there will be cab access, themed family events and exclusive photography events.


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