Written by: Elmtree Press

Looking for some exciting things to do in Yorkshire this spring? If you're a railway enthusiast, we highly recommend a visit to the National Railway Museum, read our round-up of what's on this Spring:

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 locomotive in the world. 

The Season includes:

Stunts, Speed and Style

25 March – 8 May 2016 - Climb on board the legendary Flying Scotsman and see it in a line-up with three locomotives famous for pulling the express service between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley.

Join them for FREE cab access on all four locomotives. Access to Flying Scotsman will be available until 1 May, after which it moves to our Works for main line preparation. 

From 2 May fellow record-breaker Mallard will fill Flying Scotsman’s place in the prestigious line up.

Service with Style

25 March – 8 May 2016 - Your seat is booked, the drinks are on ice and the show is about to begin. Embark on an audio adventure on board the world’s best known express train, Flying Scotsman, with a new production from the award winning A Taste of Space and Curious Space.

Immerse yourself in the glamour and allure of the Flying Scotsman service throughout the eras by stepping on to three carriages of the kind that travelled the flagship London – Edinburgh route. Along the way you’ll hear the stories of some

Tickets are £8 for this unique experience and can be bought online or by calling 08448 153139 between 9-5pm Monday to Friday. Not suitable for under 12s.

Need for Speed (Family science show)

27 February – 31 July 2016 (daily during weekends and school 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

25 February – 19 June 2016

Why is Flying Scotsman so well-known and how has that fame manifested itself? What is it about this particular engine that has captured the imagination of generations worldwide? Is its ‘media darling’ status deserved or is it merely a case of right place, right time? 

This exhibition in our Gallery examines the highs and lows of Flying Scotsman’s rollercoaster career, from glamorous modernist icon, film star and world record breaker, to Sixties globetrotting symbol of the preservation movement and modern-day national treasure. 

National Railway Museum Lates: A night at the museum with a Roaring 20s twist

28 April 2016 (evening)

Suitable for 18+

Dance the night away with our Charleston classes and live band, try whisky tasting, cocktail making, and live dangerously by taking one of our 1920s stunt classes. Try a theatrical guided tour and get hands on with craft activities. 

What Roaring 20s evening is complete without a few sequins? Don your finest 1920s attire and begin your transformation into a flapper girl or dapper gent with our vintage hair and make-up sessions. Entry will be free but there will be small charges for some activities.

Flying Scotsman and the Shildon Shed Bash

23 – 31 July 2016

Inspired by famous ‘Shed Bashes’ of the 1950s and 1960s, Flying Scotsman will be joined by some special guests for this free event at Locomotion: Shildon.

For more information head to their website or check out these other things to do in Yorkshire this spring over on our events page.