The Friends of the
National Railway Museum

South of England Group
Vice Presidents:  Sir William McAlpine Bt, FRSE, FCIT, FRSA; Richard Hardy

Last Updated

11 February 2015 

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Who are we?

The Friends of the National Railway Museum support the development of the museum and its exhibits with financial support and voluntary help with museum activities.Membership brings various benefit s including regular meetings at York and a newsletter describing activities at the museum, in-depth articles on historic railway topics and definitive reviews of railway literature. In addition there are opportunities to help with a range of support activities at the museum including providing information to visitors, assisting with conservation. For more information on the NRM or Friends see the Museum web page or the main Friends web site.A range of exclusive gifts is available from the Friends, see the shop. All surplus from the sales goes to supporting projects at the NRM which, otherwise, would not happen.

The South of England Group, as its name suggests, covers those members of the FNRM who live in the southern parts of England, many of whom cannot, because of the distance, attend the museum regularly. We run a series of indoor talks, many linked to aspects of the museum's activities, and organise special visits to sites in Southern England. We regularly attend railway and transport events throughout the South with our information and sales stand. This promotes the museum and provides a source of additional income, via sales of NRM related material. The Group uses this income to support the main FNRM activities. Members in the South receive a special Briefing covering the activities of the Group.

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The Locomotive Winston Churchill and Luggage Van S2464S, which held Sir Winston Churchill's coffin, together with the Pullman car "Lydia", are at the special exhibition at the NRM to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the statesman's funeral. The work to restore the locomotive to its immaculate condition was undertaken at the Mid Hants Railway. In recognition of their work in the cosmetic restoration of the National Collection locomotive a print of the Philip D. Hawkins print "the ACE at Battledown" was presented to the company. See the report here and the main Winston Churchill page for more details on the appeal and current position.


This site is maintained by Dr Mel Draper, the editor of the Briefing for the South of England Group. If you have suggestions about this site or information that might be of interest to the group, please e-mail the Editor
For general information on the Group's activities please contact the Chairman
For details about sales events please contact the Secretary
For details of out members' visits please contact the outings organiser
For details of our sales stand please contact the outreach organiser
For details about indoor meetings please contact the events organiser