In 1975 the National Railway Museum was opened at Leeman Road in York.
The huge former steam locomotive depot, only 700m from York Minster was an ideal site for a National Railway Museum and, following its conversion and opening as the very first national museum outside London, the museum was an immediate success with the public.
The latest addition to the NRM is Search Engine, the £4 million archive and research centre. Search Engine allows visitors to view and see otherwise previously unseen artwork, papers, reports, photographs, and small artefacts. Thanks to almost £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and funds from the Higher Education Funding Council, the NRM is now able to offer access to academics and interested members of the public to its vast archive collection – one of the largest and richest collections of railway related material in the world.