2015-06-07 NRM York

During our 2015 UK holiday I found opportunity to visit the National Railway Museum in York.
A third visit, following those in 2009 and 2011.
DSC01579  I first visited the Station Hall which currently was dedicated to a display of royal trains. Impressive! I was sorry I did not have enough time to do this exhibition real justice. DSC01574 DSC01576  If I had a royal saloon like this, I would certainly look a lot happier ;-) But then again I'm not the king or queen of this country. DSC01577  A "Gladstone" heads the royal saloon. The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway B1 Class, as it is officially termed, is a class of 0-4-2 express passenger steam locomotives, known from the name of the first, No. 214, as the "Gladstones". Built between 1882 and 1891 they were the last express passenger design of William Stroudley,
DSC01578  Most striking is the simple arrangement in the cab, and even more so the total lack of comfort for the crew. All-round air conditioning is standard and seats are deemed superfluous. DSC01580  Another eye-catcher is this LMS "Crab" in the striking maroon LMS livery. Designed by George Hughes and built between 1926 and 1932, numbering a total of 245, these engines were soon nicknamed crabs. There are various explainations for this curious name. Some claim that the outside cylinders and valve motion resemble a crab's pincers. Others suggest it refers to the "scuttling" motion felt on the footplate when the engine is being worked hard producing a sensation that it is walking along the track. DSC01581 DSC01582  The strongly inclined and big cylinders
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DSC01591 DSC01798  Having little time to spare I soon moved to the Great Hall DSC01627  As I hoped for, Churchill's funeral train was still on display. I always had a kind of admiration for the statesman but since I visited Chartwell (2011) this has turned into downright fascination if not admiration. Sir Winston died in 1965, this year fifty years ago and NRM commemorated this occasion by bringing in the namesake locomotive that pulled his funeral train and the car that carried his coffin. DSC01628
DSC01617 DSC01618  Churchill's family motto, meaning "Faithful though disinherited". One of Winston's forefathers was loyal to the king and lost his home and lands for it. He was honoured but not recompensed, hence the motto. Nobody has come up yet with an acceptable explanation why it is Spanish. DSC01594  21C151 Winston Churchill is a Southern Railway Battle of Britain class 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive. It was built 1946 at Brighton. Originally unnamed it was officially named "Winston Churchill" in a ceremony at Waterloo railway station on 11 September 1947. Sir Winston was offered the chance to name the locomotive, but turned it down, claiming a prior engagement. Churchill became the only person to decline the opportunity to name a Battle of Britain class locomotive after himself. 34051 was withdrawn shortly after the funeral, having accumulated 807,496 miles (1,299,539 km).The locomotive has been preserved as part of the United Kingdom's National Collection. DSC01623  The head boards (the white discs) where placed in the form of the a V for Victory
DSC01609 DSC01620  No rodding for the valve gear. The Battle of Britain were provided with a chain-driven valve gear. DSC01638b  The cab's interior. Compare that to Gladstone's. DSC01632
DSC01612  The hearse was a Southern Railway 53 ft 3 in (16.23 m) Gangwayed Bogie Luggage van, no. 2464, which was built in 1931 as part of a batch of 30. It had been withdrawn from normal service in 1961, and was set aside and repainted into the Pullman cream and umber colours in July 1962. DSC01633 DSC01631 DSC01864b
DSC01782  An unexpected encounter was with this beautiful lady. The museum had been shunting the collection around a few days earlier and I chanced upon "her" ... DSC01647  ... on a rare moment I could get a classical three-quarter view of her basking in the sunlight!! DSC01659 DSC01662  Now, ain't she gorgeous? When this locomotive of the Coronation Class hit the metals in 1937 they caused quite a stir. It is easy to see why. That zenith was short-lived. Soon the gloom of WWII took over and their promise of high speed, high quality passenger service was never redeemed.
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DSC01672b DSC01675 DSC01678  This would normally be the firemen's view. It is almost beyond comprehension that they could maintain any form of safety with this little bit of sight ahead. DSC01682
DSC01685  This lady has beautiful legs, and you can stare at them without affronting anybody ! DSC01693 DSC01802 DSC01804
DSC01816 DSC01818 DSC01821  I found this close up so graphical, I could not resist it DSC01823  Take a look at the tight clearances between the various rods
DSC01824  This tight DSC01825 DSC01828 DSC01813  The lady wears a stunningly beautiful dress.
DSC01815  A feast to the eye. Once more this engine has impressed me greatly. It was hard to leave but time was running out. DSC01698  On purpose or not. Squeezed in between the Duchess and the other sleek appearance on the left I found this warbaby Q1, as far as I am concerned to be nominated "ugliest steam locomotive of the 20th century". DSC01710  Aaah, cute. The in-house works locomotive of the Crewe workshop. DSC01717
DSC01722 DSC01725 DSC01728  I visited another friend, squeezed between two giants of the rails. DSC01739  A Fairlie. Admittedly a concoction of several other Fairlies, but a Fairlie it is!
DSC01740  I will be building a model of its sister engine Merddyn Emrys anytime soon DSC01752 DSC01744 DSC01745
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DSC01840 DSC01870  Hugging my little friend DSC01868 DSC01869
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DSC01876 DSC01688  Demonstration of the turntable. DSC01773 DSC01775
DSC01777 DSC01781 DSC01841b  A King in the museum! DSC01844
DSC01846 DSC01847  Some views of the valve gears levers controlling the inside valve gear by actuation of the outside valve gear pistons DSC01843 DSC01848
DSC01849 DSC01851 DSC01853 DSC01854b  The King was beside another celebrity
DSC01760  This locomotive was the first British engine to attain 100 mph (160 kmh) but this achievement is not uncontroversial as the timings were published only years later after the actual record run. DSC01763  It is however a well balanced design, pleasing to the eye, where most 4-4-0's are pretty much an eye sore. DSC01857b DSC01858
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DSC01699  Another record holder, this time for de world record for any steam locomotive, the fastest in the world, as far as officially recorded: 202.6 kmh (125.9 mph) DSC01700 DSC01702 DSC01708
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