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Railfest (or Railway Festival) is a term used by railway museums and heritage railways around the world on open days and special annual events.

The events are usually fund raising oriented, and also involved with showing features of museums and their contents not always available in normal visiting times. The term is found in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia for such events.[1][2][3][4]

National Railway Museum, York (UK)[edit]

Railfest is the name given to occasional railway festivals at the National Railway Museum in York, England. There was a Railfest in 2004, and another in 2012. The 2012 event was sponsored by the magazines RAIL, Steam Railway, and Model Rail.[5][6][7]


The 2000 event was promoted as being a celebration of 200 years of Steam [8]


The 2004 event featured a Class 171 Turbostar DMU, a Class 375 Electrostar EMU, a Class 390 Pendolino EMU and a Eurostar train.


City of Truro, 33207 and Palmerston at NRM York Railfest 2012.

The 2012 event had the theme of record breakers,[5] and featured exhibits such as


  1. ^ http://www.tvrail.com/pages/railfest
  2. ^ Bassendean, Western Australia http://www.bassendeanmeansbusiness.com.au/2012/09/railfest-2012/
  3. ^ http://www.durangorailfest.com/
  4. ^ http://www.fwry.com/SpecialEvents/RailFest.html
  5. ^ a b "Railfest 2012 souvenir prochure". Bauer Media. 2–10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Clinnick, Gary (13 June 2012). "EC '91' naming and flypast launches rail spectacular". RAIL (698): 6–7. 
  7. ^ Clinnick, Gary (13 June 2012). "Stars of modern traction out in force for Railfest". RAIL (698): 8–9. 
  8. ^ Flying Scotsman comes home 200 years of locomotives, HHO Multimedia, 2000, retrieved 16 November 2012