This post is all steam locomotives, so skip it if you find them offensive, boring or dirty smokey things. Today Molly looked after the van whilst I indulged myself in an orgy of anorakism.
The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world and is superb and well worth a visit, several visits!
I have a couple of criticisms, the lighting is mixed and designed to thwart photography. I took this up with them and they admitted things are purposefully that way. The second is the guidebook which is pretty much a contradiction in terms. A superb publication but not a guide, it doesn't even provide a list of exhibits. It costs £5.00 so have a look before you purchase it. Having said all this entry is free, National Trust take note!
Now my muppetry, having bought the guide I failed to make notes. Back to a load of pictures of things. (What's new!!). The second problem is the light, I tried flash but it would take two flash units plus assistants, plus diffusers or at least bounced flash, probably a combination.
Having got that off my chest I had a wonderful couple of hours in a fantastic place. I could have spent twice this time but the volume of people drove me away. What little boy of my generation didn't want to be a train driver? Very nearly purchased an engine drivers cap in their shop!
William Stroudley painted this locomotive in 'Improved Engine Green'. Now I am definitely, clinically certified, colour blind. He was either a terminal case, had a wicked sense of humour or a batch of tan paint to shift. ('The Kings Clothes.'). Springs to mind.
My favourite........Was somewhat distracted whilst taking this. A Japanese couple enquired 'Us getting help?'. I had collapsed the tripod and being prostrate on the floor had attracted their concern. Sweet, the Brits would have just walked all over me.
That's it. Once again I apologise to those visitors expecting stunning images of York.....Oh OK.........
I have enough images for another post......................No! No! No! Yes! Yes! Yes!.... I LOVE EM!