York Gets Fired up for Railfest 2012

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National Railway Museum Railfest 2012

This weekend promises to be full of buzz and excitement here in York. Not only are the Diamond Jubilee celebrations kicking off throughout the city, Saturday also sees the start of Railfest 2012. This annual celebration hosted by the National Railway Museum takes place between the 2nd and 10th June and is Britain’s biggest rail festival.

This amazing event gives rail fanatics and visitors young and old the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most infamous locomotives, including the Flying Scotsman, the D6700 diesel loco and the Tornado. Plus, on the 4th and 5th of June the NRM is holding Special Photo Events, where dedicated rail fans can get exclusive up close snaps of the engines with steps and other equipment removed to guarantee the best photographs.

Throughout the whole festival there will be a range of activities available to ensure everyone is entertained, with a unique area for children under 6.  Every young rail fan that visits the special Chuggington Activity Area during Railfest will receive a free Chuggington book and will get the chance to dress up as some of their favourite characters. We think Railfest is a great York attraction to visit with kids over the coming half term week.

The National Railway Museum is one of York’s most iconic visitor attractions and is the largest railway museum in the world. With a history dating back to the 1920s, the NRM opened at Leeman Road in York in 1975 and to this day continues to explore the impact of the railway on the modern world. Visitors staying in York hotels this Jubilee Bank Holiday should make sure they pay a visit to the NRM during this exciting festival for an enjoyable insight into our national rail heritage.

Have you visited the NRM before? Will you be attending this year’s Railfest?

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