Sunday we have breakfast again. I take some bananas and apples. We pack our bags, soon it is time to leave. Les though has a plan for the day, and I’m looking forward to it.
We check out and get in the car. We head north east……
Where we are greeted with open arms.
So here we are at the National Train Museum.
Here there are steam trains.
With wild engineering of madness.
So absolutely insane. You can gather the force of the engineering world trying to outdo themselves with these complicated machines.
The other side is a cut away version. Bloomin ludicrous engineering!
Then there are the modern trains to.
This man was responsible for ticket inspection. As ticket inspectors were used profits went up. Yep you guessed it, people actually started buying tickets. It surprised them back then, so why not now on The Chase Line?
Just which lever do you pull? Which wheel do you turn?
Then there is this huge, huge steam loco from China.
A huge thing of beauty.
Have you ever wanted to go on a bullet train? You have!
Well here you go!
And here is a copper.
So called because of its boiler!
Yes things were truly different back then.
And with every engineer feat there is always a race to be the fastest Flying Scotsman!
Les calls me tells me he has got us a cup of tea and where the hell have I got to?
I bet you didn’t realise just how much I like trains!
And with that we set off together again. Les taking it slower as I read every single little thing.
And here we have the last made Evening Star.
How do we know. Because it tells you on this plaque on the side!
A real workhorse
Which even has a bell on the front!
Next and very boringly we find the room with anything trainy. And there's lots of it. A warehouse of train brick and brack.
Apart from these!
They have a viewing platform so that you can just see the station. So we viewed.
We saw one of these, a train.
And then we saw one of these.
The Skyfall train!
There was also a bay were you could watch trains being restored. It was though time to eat.
We checked out the buffet car, but ahem, for tea and sandwiches it was £22.95 each! We gave it a miss.
And headed instead to standard class.
Which turned out to be incredibly nice.
I mean really really nice. Sandwiches made as you ordered.
It was positively lovely! So nice that if you are in York this is the tea room you should come to!
We ate we drank and I even got my postcard out. No normal post card though.
A post card with a difference. And while there where a few orientate to trains, this one work the best. And while you can’t tell here, it was the right choice.
And with that I got writing, until I ran out of space. Well Les it looks like we need another.
Yeah I eat it eventually.
As we get ready to leave a waitress comes over and asks if everything was alright. And then asks if we had been before. Les had and told her it wasn’t like this when he was last year. She looked at him quizzingly and replied, its always been like this. Les replied believe me 25 years ago it wasn’t this big. She stared, you could read it on her face, just how old are these two?
These is plenty more to check out though
And here I remember traveling on these so often from Wolvo to well anywhere. Wovlo the centre of the universe and everywhere.
Remember the days, travelling to and fro so very often? The days I never bothered checking the timetables as so many trains stopped at Wolvo?
A chu chu here
Some valve and handles there.
And when there was nothing to see inside, Les took us outside to see nothing.
What was he taking a picture of?
Back inside we look at the Royal carriages
The Royal steam Chu Chu
And how the world was once.
and with that it was the end, one last kiss goodbye. Can you remember those days? So romantic, so nice, in one way and so horrible in another, to leave them behind.
The road chu chu into York was going into York but not out. Wow the day had gone so quickly!
So instead we brought the £9 car park token and headed into the car park to
get in the car.
We ad a quick go around
and around and
before driving out
and heading south