"Railway enthusiasts mecca" National Railway Museum Tip by Galahad

National Railway Museum, York: 38 reviews and 93 photos

  Agenora, built 1829
by Galahad

I went to York specially to visit the NRM and ended up spending two days there. On the first day I went to have a look at the locomotive called Agenoria which was built at Stourbridge in 1829 (even before the much more famous Rocket). One of the photographs on the VT site wrongly attributes the black engine with beams, rather like a mobile beam engine, to the Rocket.
The original Rocket is not at York but in the Science Museum in London, however there is a bright yellow replica of the Rocket - this really was a huge technical advance on the Agenoria. The Rocket won the competition for the Stephenson Company to provide engines for the Liverpool to Manchester Railway in 1830. One of the judges for the competition, called the Rainhill Trials, was Rastrick the builder of the Agenoria and not George Stephenson as written in one guidebook to the city.
The second day I spent in the NRM archives researching the early history of the Railway Missionary Society, founded in 1881. If you want to use the library or archives ring up first and obtain a readers ticket and book a table.

Address: Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Directions: From the railway station take the designated special exit from the large footbridge in the middle of the station. From here it takes you along a short footpath directly to the museum entrance.
Phone: 01904 621261 Fax:01904 611112
Website: http://www.nrm.org.uk

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 12, 2005
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