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England Travels: National Railway Museum

Monday, April 16, 2018.

After some group and family pictures (some with a self-timer and some with someone taking the picture), Chris and Bethan took us into York. We went early, so we could visit the National Railway Museum which was right next to the York train station. We saw various old trains and replicas of trains, plus an assortment of miscellaneous items, and a replica of a mine cart (or truck) that Chris had made for the museum.

Then Stephanie and I went to the station, boarded the train and headed back down to Cambridge.

2018 England trip pictures
Part 1: The Arrival
Part 2: Cambridge (Part 1)
Part 3: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Part 4: Alnwick
Part 5: York
Part 6: Sutton Bank
Part 7: Thirsk
Part 8: Helmsley and Rievaulx
Part 9:  Backyard Blacksmith Workshop
Part 10: Bagby Airfield
Part 11: Byland Abbey
Part 12: National Railway Museum
Part 13: Cambridge (Part 2)
Part 14: Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Part 15: The Departure

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Family and Group Pictures!

A few pictures of all of us in Chris and Bethan's kitchen.

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I wanted to take a test picture using the self-timer. Isabel wanted to help.

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Self-timeer. Beatrix, Isabel, Bethan, Chris, Frank (dork), Stpehanie (eyes).

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Bethan with B and Izzy, Chris, and Stephanie.

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Happy family shot

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(Blurry) Bethan, B, and Izzy, (content) Stephanie, and (happy) Frank

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(Focused) Bethan, B, and Izzy, (somberer) Stephanie, and (still happy) Frank

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Chris Topp Art and General Blacksmith sign on house.


National Railway Museum—Station Hall

We visited the National Railway Museum. It's organized into 3 sections: 1) The Station Hall, which looks like a railway platform with different trains on the tracks; 2) The Great Hall, which has trains, pieces of trains, replicas, cut-outs, and other things like a giant functional turntable; and 3) The Collections Store, which has all sorts of smaller objects relating to trains, from seats, signs, and signals, to uniforms, to models. Most of that is fairly unsorted. There are other areas, like restoration sheds, but we only had about 45 minutes to get a taste of the area.

The first place we went was the Station Hall.

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This was outside of the museum entrance.

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A nice grandfather clock and classic rail station posters.

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The Station Hall looks like a multi-platform station.

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It's a train. (Sorry, not every caption is informative.)

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Classic train in the National Railway Museum's Station Hall.

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Classic train station platform furniture plus passenger cars in the background.

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A green train.

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Bethan and Izzy at the engineer's station.

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Izzy at the controls of an old locomotive.

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Note the cart with baskets (luggage? food?) on the platform.

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Old signs on the station wall. My grandmother, who grew up in London, liked...(more)

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Royal carriages...now that's going first class.

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The seating inside a royal carriage.

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The royal carriage seats look pretty comfortable.

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The engine of another old train, but this one is yellow.


Great Hall

The Great Hall had historic trains, some big honking trains, as well as replicas and cut-outs of parts of trains. It's the largest of the halls.

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The Agenoria, built in 1829, was the last of the old technology trains. It has...(more)


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Panoramic shot of The Agenoria and it's huge smokestack.


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A train signal box (little hut that controlled the signaling).

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A replica of a mine cart.

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Chris' company was commissioned to create this replica mine cart.

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Bethan, Chirs, Isabel, Beatrix, and Stephanie admire the mine cart.

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Closeup of the ironwork on the mine cart.

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Stephanie and Chris.

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The front of the minecart.

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Information on the hund truck (mine cart).

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Isabel in a rail carriage.

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Information on the railway carriages.


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This is a big honking train engine!


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Another train engine (Evening Star).

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A replica of the Rocket, an 1829 train engine with improved technology in its...(more)


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Composite picture of The Rocket replica. It was designed for a museum with...(more)


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Information on the Tender, Footplate, and Firebox below.

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Information on the Boiler below.


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Composite of the train with a cutaway view of the Tender, Footplate, and...(more)



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Composite of train with a cutaway view of the Boiler.


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Information on the Stationary Winding Engine.


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Composite picture of the stationary winding engine. Again, to save bits and...(more)


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I'm not sure what train this is. The front looks like a VW van.

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Another old train from 1851, Eastern Counties Coach and Bauxite No 2.

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Panoramic of Mallard engine and pedestiran bridge above it. Some distortion...(more)


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B walks down the steps of the pedestrian bridge with a little help from Bethan.


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Eurostar train.



Collections Store

This area contains all sorts of items relating to trains. This includes signs, light posts, seats, lanterns, silver tea service items, bells, desks, windows, oil cans, wheels, suitcases, and much more. Most have small tags identifying what they are, but little more. The museum has guided tours, including ones that explore things in the Store.

Also, this is 'store' as in 'storage' as opposed to 'any of this is on sale to you if the price is right.'


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A panoramic view of some of the stuff in the Collections Store from the stop...(more)


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A case with a lot of model trains in it.



2018 England trip pictures
Part 1: The Arrival
Part 2: Cambridge (Part 1)
Part 3: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Part 4: Alnwick
Part 5: York
Part 6: Sutton Bank
Part 7: Thirsk
Part 8: Helmsley and Rievaulx
Part 9:  Backyard Blacksmith Workshop
Part 10: Bagby Airfield
Part 11: Byland Abbey
Part 12: National Railway Museum
Part 13: Cambridge (Part 2)
Part 14: Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Part 15: The Departure

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