Sunday, 3 July 2011

A Day out in York, the Railway Museum.

Yesterday we went to York. My all time favourite City and the only one I would ever consider moving to. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, our journey there and back enjoyable, K bought the usual obligatory t-shirt of the Flying Scotsman from the Railway Museum so she was happy, I resisted the temptation to buy yet another fridge magnet so I was pleased that I still have some willpower left, we enjoyed a Caesar salad for lunch and two, yes two ice creams in the midday sun, we discovered the Treasurer’s House tucked behind the Minster, and I took some fabulous pictures of it all, so here they are the best of the bunch for you all to enjoy!


Looking really splendid in the Great Hall, the Evening Star attracted a lot of interest. So much so that I had to take about five shots of her so that when I got home I could use Photo Fuse in Windows Live Gallery to get rid of most of the people from this shot!

Turntable stitch

Here you can see all the different engines gathered around the turntable on which is perched a very old steam engine.

Duchess of Hamilton

The magnificent Duchess of Hamilton gleaming and shining in the sun streaming through the roof.

Inside the Japanese bullet train

We sat on the Japanese bullet train to watch the video. They travel so fast! Over 250 miles per hour! Pity we have fallen so far behind other countries with our railway network where once we use to lead.

The Japanese bullet train

I then took this shot from the front. It does resemble a bullet don’t you think?

Winston Churchill stitch

Next, onto the workshop where the Winston Churchill was being worked on (although there were actually no engineers to be seen, mustn’t work on a Saturday!) If these engineering skills such as working on the steam locos were to die out, it would be a crying shame as once upon a time, not so long ago, these skills were where we British excelled.

Where are the engineers?

Besides the Winston Churchill engine, you can see a coach is also being worked on. The Flying Scotsman has been rebuilt from scratch here, using the original  blueprints to do so.

York Station Stitch

From the balcony of the Railway Museum, I took this panorama of York Railway station. Note the building work going on on the far left where it looks as if the car park is being extended to accommodate more cars, which I find ironic.

Big wheels keep on turning!

A pair of wheels stand majestically outside the Railway Museum. Next post we catch the road train and journey into York to see the magnificent Minster, and other fantastic sights.



  1. Hello! I don't remember how I came across your Blog, but have looked in from time to time.....felt I must comment on your latest trip. My Son lives just outside the York walls, and we were there in May. My Partner visited the Musuem, but it was too much for me at the time. Having been unwell for a long time, now diagnosed with Cancer of the Head and Neck. Was in Hospital this week, and go back to clinic on the 4th.
    Also, interested in previous postings as we were in the Filey area some months ago.


  2. Hello Aileen,I do hope my blog post has gone some way to making you feel that you paid the Railway Museum a visit, if not able to do so in person. I too have cancer (as you may have gleaned if you have perused my previous posts) and I am trying to do as much as possible in the weeks that I feel not too bad. I was tired yesterday, we kept sitting down to rest along the way. Thanks for reading and your comment and I wish you all the best dealing with the cancer.

  3. Really enjoyable pictures! I still am sad that the last couple of times we were in Japan we never got to take the bullet train. I always wanted to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto that way but instead we did it the old fashioned way and drove:(

  4. I would have gone on the train! They are so wide and comfortable and really shift.

  5. Great photos, TG! The railway system here is nothing compared to yours in the UK. Most of ours is freight although AMTRAK still carries passengers, mostly in the Northeast. The US transportation system is geared more towards air and private auto travel.

  6. Looks like another wonderful outing for you. So color are all those trains. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Carri

  7. What a wonderful place to visit, Technogran! Thanks so much for the commentary and photos and if Grenville reads this, he will be sure to want to visit as he is a RR fan in a very BIG way. Glad you and K had a wonderful visit and 2 ice creams too!

  8. Thank you Carrie and Beatrice you are most kind. I took great care whilst taking these pics in York. I tend to just shoot the shot usually but this time I took my time.. just wish I could afford a decent camera, one of those that takes very very close ups


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