Station Hall

Explore a century of station life.

Station Hall at the National Railway Museum

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

Station Hall also houses our collection of royal vehicles. Highlights include:

  • Queen Adelaide's saloon, the oldest preserved carriage in Europe.
  • Queen Victoria's 'Palace on Wheels'. This is the most famous and popular of the royal carriages and is one of the several saloons made for the Queen during her reign. It is the only surviving example and was her undoubted favourite. It became part of the collection in November 2003, 103 years after it was last used by Queen Victoria.
  • King Edward VII's royal carriage. Built by the London & North Western Railway in 1902. It was the principal royal train used for travel to Scotland.
  • The most modern (and considerably less extravagant) royal train is the Royal Saloon built for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother) in 1941. Built during the Second World War, its carriages were designed to give maximum protection to its royal inhabitants.

More views of Station Hall and the Royal Carriages

Background: 'Skegness is so Bracing' LNER Poster