Wednesday, 6 November 2013

A Visit to York

Tuesday was a dull murky day but it didn’t stop us making a planned visit to York’s National Railway Museum to see “The Great Gathering”. This is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the record breaking run by the steam locomotive 4468 Mallard On 3 July 1938. The A4 class locomotive raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set a new steam locomotive world speed record which still holds good today.
To celebrate the event the National Railway Museum have brought together all six of the surviving A4 class locomotives. Might not sound like much but 4489 Dominion of Canada has been brought back from the Canadian Railway Museum near Montreal in Canada and 4496 Dwight D Eisenhower from the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay Wisconsin. As you can see the Great Gathering is proving to be a popular attraction.

After a look around the museum we headed for the Shambles in the centre of York to find some lunch.
We managed to find time to have a look around the market and the famous York Minster too.
After visiting the Minster it was time to find our way back to the park and ride bus stop to take us back to our car. After a few little hiccups we managed to find the stop.
By late afternoon the weather had brightened up a little but it felt cold in the wind as we headed back over the River Ouse.


  1. What beautiful photos. I've only been to York once, briefly, but it was very lovely and I'd really like to go again one day. It sounds like you had a really good trip. How amazing that they brought those locomotives from so far away. I lot of planning involved I think.

    1. We only live just over 30 minutes away and I think it's my first touristy visit to York. Have been to York in connection with work a few times which has perhaps stopped me thinking of it as a tourist destination. Turned out to be a really good day out.


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