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Re-live the National Railway Museum’s past with our pick of vintage rail posters

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The National Railway Museum – which has already hosted this month’s Railfest event – is one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions. This month, we’re celebrating its contribution to preserving historic railway exhibits by taking a look at some of its own adverts from the past.

Read on for our pick of vintage posters for the National Railway Museum. And, if you’re planning a trip to York to explore the museum yourself, don’t forget that you could make great savings when you book your
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1. The National Railway Museum in York opened in 1975, but there had been a rail museum within the city since 1928. This British Rail poster from 1971 was designed to attract rail travellers to the original museum in York, as well as the transport museums in Clapham and Swindon.

In 1968, British Rail agreed to provide premises for a new National Railway Museum within the city of York and, as a result, both the original York museum and the Clapham museum were closed.

2. The new National Railway Museum was opened by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1975 and in its first year, it attracted more than one million visitors. Exhibits included items which had previously been on display at the Clapham museum and the original museum in York, as well as restored vehicles and artefacts from other venues.

This British Rail poster, produced in the year in which the National Railway Museum opened, aimed to persuade people to take the train to York to visit the new attraction.

3. This 1975 poster features artwork by graphic designer Peter Cybulski and depicts one of the National Railway Museum’s most famous exhibits, ‘Mallard’, along with an APT, the Great Northern summersault signal and a piece of railway track.

You can still see The ‘Mallard’ locomotive, which set – and still holds – the world speed record for steam traction on rail by travelling at 126 mph on 3 July 1938 in the museum’s Great Hall.

Have you visited the National Railway Museum in York? Which is your favourite exhibit? Which of these vintage railway posters do you like best? Tweet or Facebook us and let us know…

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