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One of my favorite places to visit is York, UK.  It's a great historical site with many museums; the best of which is the National Railway Museum.  The English really love their trains - real and model.  My impression is that, on a per-capita basis, the UK has more train enthusiasts than the US, but that's just my observation.  Operating heritage railways are everywhere.

 

Although I've never been to it, one of the biggest model railway shows in the UK is held in York (what a coincidence!).  It seems to be oriented a bit more toward display layouts than our York meet.  I've considered trying to go to it, but it is always scheduled close to the time of the Eastern Division York meet; I can't go to both, and I haven't yet been able to pull myself away from the TCA meet.  (And then there's the challenge of shipping stuff back home if I buy something.)

 

Has anyone been to the show in York, UK?  Stories to tell?

 

Here's a video that I found:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkiqiXpAeL0.  

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Old thread, but I thought I'd share some pics anyway. I'm at York now. What a wonderful museum!IMG-20220819-WA0032

Great photos, especially that one.  Really jealous - can't wait to get back.  Hope you got to see the "warehouse" area where they have stuff stacked high and deep.  IMO, the best railroad museum I've visited.  Last time I was there, staff members wore shirts with "Explainer" on the back - sadly, they weren't for sale.

But, would they have scrapple in York, UK?

Jim



No, but the food is still good! My son and I ate at this pub. The National Railway Museum is AMAZING……but so is the city itself. Whereas, London is a modern city, the medieval walls around York still stand and the cathedral is also magnificent.

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Here are a few shots of the museum. I was especially interested in their exhibit on military hospital trans from the Western Front in WWI. They talked about triage and how they could rapidly remove the wounded to the coast then then to hospitals in southern England.

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A few shots of the city......the cathedral, the city gates and the battlements

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This is outside the city walls where the main railway station resides. It's a little over 2 hours from London by train.

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We ate at "The Golden Fleece" the first day and felt rather "fleeced": crooked floors and walls, cramped dank medieval atmosphere, overworked staff, so-so food and high prices. We ate at "The White Swan" the second day: food was much better and a bigger selection, yet lower in price; the place had atmosphere but also charm, nice staff and pleasant surroundings.

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Here are a few shots of the museum. I was especially interested in their exhibit on military hospital trans from the Western Front in WWI. They talked about triage and how they could rapidly remove the wounded to the coast then then to hospitals in southern England.

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A few shots of the city......the cathedral, the city gates and the battlements

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This is outside the city walls where the main railway station resides. It's a little over 2 hours from London by train.

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How recently were you there?

No, but the food is still good! My son and I ate at this pub. The National Railway Museum is AMAZING……but so is the city itself. Whereas, London is a modern city, the medieval walls around York still stand and the cathedral is also magnificent.

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Peter

We ate at "The Golden Fleece" the first day and felt rather "fleeced": crooked floors and walls, cramped dank medieval atmosphere, overworked staff, so-so food and high prices. We ate at "The White Swan" the second day: food was much better and a bigger selection, yet lower in price; the place had atmosphere but also charm, nice staff and pleasant surroundings.

Keep rubbing it in!

York is probably #1 on my list of places to visit.  It would be great even without the railway museum.  Is Purpleman (street performer) still active? 

Did either of you make it to Swindon?  (I've never been - it's on the list.)  If so, pics and report?

But, would they have scrapple in York, UK?

Nope.

But I'd GLADLY enjoy a good olde English breakfast of bangers and mash!...

bangers breakfast

(FYI..."Bangers" = Sausages; can be any meat, but pork is most common.  Mash = Mashed potatoes; but NOT the packet of powder dumped in boiling water!!!. And the onion gravy is an epicurean delight made heroic when laced with pork drippings.

"Bangers and Mash" has variations depending on the time of the meal.  It's generally a pub staple...on the same equivalence level as the local ale.  Bangers and mash has at one time or another been voted as the 'comfort food' of Britain.

OTOH, they have this infatuation with those ubiquitous PEAS!! ...usually well over-cooked!...and not a favorite complement to the beloved bangers and mash, IMHO, of course.

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Then there's THIS side of the pond...

Spam?  Scrapple? ...piffle!, my good fellow!  Simply piffle!

...back at ya!

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Been 30+ years since my last bangers and mash meal in a pub older than our Constitution.   Oof!

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@Mallard4468 posted:

How recently were you there?

Keep rubbing it in!

York is probably #1 on my list of places to visit.  It would be great even without the railway museum.  Is Purpleman (street performer) still active?

Did either of you make it to Swindon?  (I've never been - it's on the list.)  If so, pics and report?

September 2019. I went with my son post law school and before he started his job in Philly.

We made three train day trips from London:

York, to see the RR Museum and the cathedral.

Chartwell

Portsmouth to see the British Naval Museum.

Peter

Great idea, this would be cool for any train museum that features steam trains!

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Even with having this amount of detail on display people still can't get the parts of the locomotive right. I have a book that has a cutaway(which I read extensively when I bought it in the 90's), and of course forgot mostly everything. I did pop a visit up to Steamtown and the main problem there is that there is so much to see and hard to do in one day. I'll have to have a more extensive visit in the future, but I do agree having the cutaway of the components as well as the steam valve model to explain how it all works should help people of all ages understand and hopefully get the parts right.

How many times have we seen someone post "boiler front" which Lionel also said when talking about the smoke box door?

If spending some time in York and you're interested in picturesque ruins, I strongly suggest taking time to run over to Fountains Abbey. It was as large as Westminster and is spectacular. Also fun is walking the walls of York and checking out the various shops and attractions in the "bars". York and surrounding area is time well spent.

Since people have mentioned the SteamTown display, I thought I would share some pictures of their steam engine cutaway display. Note that the valve setup is not the same. ST's display is the earlier slide type with outside admission. The UK display is the later piston type with inside admission.  The piston type can handle higher pressures.

Enjoy!

Chris

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Those cut-aways (and others I have seen of items from fire extinguishers up through big Cummins Diesels) always fascinate me. It seems that the amount of deconstructive engineering is an art unto itself. Getting all the parts to be visible again and doing it precisely looks like it takes just as much planning as assembling the original product.

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One happy moment: a star attraction at the museum is Mallard, the world land speed record holder for a steam locomotive, 126mph in 1938. On my way by train from London to York, I just happened to glance out the window at the exact spot where the record was set as the lineside plaque commemorating the event flashed by.  A happy memory.

PS: the photo of the marker is not mine.

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One happy moment: a star attraction at the museum is Mallard, the world land speed record holder for a steam locomotive, 126mph in 1938. On my way by train from London to York, I just happened to glance out the window at the exact spot where the record was set as the lineside plaque commemorating the event flashed by.  A happy memory.

PS: the photo of the marker is not mine.

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I once took the train from London to York, and of course I'm familiar with the record (note my user name!), but I didn't see the sign and never realized that the record-setting spot was along that route.  Thanks for sharing.

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