National Railway Museum library and archive centre

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Search Engine is the National Railway Museum's library and archive centre.

The collection contains material useful for many aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century history relating to railways, transport, industry, leisure, advertising and even art.

Some items are available on open shelves for reference use, whilst others have to be requested from the archives.

The collection includes:

  • Drawings and papers from railway works and companies
  • Drawings and papers from manufacturers, businesses and organisations
  • Records of individuals and families
  • Technical and test records
  • Timetables
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Accident reports
  • Photographs
  • Tickets, postcards, textiles and labels
  • Works of art

You can visit to get help with research on topics relating to the NRM collections, find a quiet area for study or to access archival material.

Wi-Fi is available throughout Search Engine.

You can search the library collections of the NRM using YorSearch.

For further information, including lists and finding aids for the archival collections, please see: