Hyperloop pod lines up with steam locomotive No. 60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’ and Class 88 loco in York

Flying Scotsman, Class 88 and Hyperloop
Credit: National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum, in York, has created the UK first on Friday as it brought together the past, present and future of rail travel to celebrate the latest stage of the museum’s redevelopment.

The event also marked the unveiling of the museum’s new identity and its vision for the future.

Taking place inside ‘The Great Hall’, the world famous ‘Flying Scotsman’ lined up alongside Class 88 ‘Prometheus’ and Britain’s first Hyperloop prototype, developed at the University of Edinburgh.

Hyperloop could see the pods travel in vacuum tubes at speeds of up to 650mph, so could reduce journey times from York to London to just 20 minutes.

The prototype will be going on public display at the museum later in the year.

What did the officials say?

Judith McNicol, National Railway Museum Director, said:

“Today’s event offers an exciting glimpse of what could be around the corner in terms of high-speed passenger transport and is a celebration of the past, present and future of the railways.

“As part of our £50m masterplan, we will be radically reimagining the Great Hall—our venue for today’s event—to tell the epic story of how railways have changed the world and how modern science and engineering continue to transform the railways.

“Unveiling our new visual identity is an important step in achieving our masterplan and as well as confirming our exciting vision for the future, the new brand will bring us closer to the Science Museum Group family.”