Station Hall

Explore a century of station life.


Royal Carriages at the National Railway Museum's Station Hall

Station Hall was once home to York's main goods station. It was built in the 1870s and was a working railway building into the 1960s. Over the past year we've been redisplaying Station Hall, and now you can experience the sights and sounds of a station from the past.

Soak up the atmosphere of this historic building filled with vehicles spanning a century of railway history.

See station objects from our collection, many of them on display for the first time. Watch films showcasing station life, including Terminus.

You can even climb on board some of our carriages or take a tour around Station Hall with one of our Explainers.

We put people's stories about working in stations and travelling by train at the heart of station hall - read more about these stories in our blog posts about the redevelopment process.


The Royal Trains

Our collection of royal vehicles gives a fantastic insight into over 100 years of royal train travel.

Queen Adelaide's saloon is the world's oldest surviving railway carriage.

Queen Victoria's saloon was built to her exact specifications, and is the only one of her carriages still in existence.


George V inherited one of his carriages from Edward VII, but had it updated by adding a bath. He was the first person to have a bath on a train.

Built during the Second World War, Queen Elizabeth's Saloon originally has some armour plating.

Background: L&SWR Adams 563