National Rail Museum, York, UK.
I am not really “into” trains. More a stationary engine enthusiast. But so many readers and friends advised me to not miss the Rail Museum at York that I went today, with my local guide and blog reader, Jennifer Edwards. To my surprise, Jennifer had not previously visited the museum either.
The museum is located outside the city walls, (the longest city walls in UK), and next to the railway station. Parking was easy, but not cheap. $AUD20, which seems to be the standard parking fee in many UK places. But entry to the museum was free!
There are 3 big halls and an outside area. The first hall contained a number (didn’t count, but maybe 8) of complete trains with carriages, including a couple of royal trains, with monogrammed carriages, double beds, elegant dining tables with fine china and silverware. The paintwork gleams. The metal surfaces are polished. Altogether a magnificent spectacle.
For some inexplicable reason I did not photograph the royal trains.
The next building housed the interesting locomotives.
I took many photos. This is showing just a tiny fraction of them.
We did not see the last areas, because after 4 hours or so, we two seniors had aching joints. Nice to leave something for the next visit.
Thanks guys, for a wonderful recommendation.
If you have not seen this museum, definitely add it to your bucket list.
And sincere thanks to Jennifer Edwards, fellow model engineer, for being great company over the last 2 days.