|The wonderful Mallard and its fellows in the Museum's Great Hall|
But you don't have to be a grown-up trainspotter to be enthralled by the vast steam era giants that fill the halls. Or awestruck by the sheer beauty of the streamlined blue Mallard, still – 75 years on – the fastest steam locomotive ever.
This place will bring on an attack of nostalgia in any adult of a certain age. Nostalgia for these wonderful dinosaurs with their elegant paint liveries and polished brightwork, for the black and white stills and film clips showing around the halls, the classic railway poster artworks, the days when rail travel meant a handsomely upholstered seat in a panelled compartment. For smoke, steam and smuts.
|A glimpse of the Royal way to travel|
|How steam works - with the aid of a full scale cutaway|
|An Aladdin's cave of memorabilia|
|All polished copper, brass and mysterious levers and turnwheels|
Altogether an excellent afternoon - and free too, though you'd have a hard heart not to part with a few quid for a couple of enthralling hours.
|Clever cafe is rail themed - note period luggage overhead|
|The restoration workshop and back there is the Flying Scotsman|