I quite liked the juxtaposition of the utilitarian Milk Wagon against the Mallard, holder of the World Speed Record for steam trains.
Can you imagine the steam power need to drive this thing and 7 coaches at a speed of a little over 125mph! (I learn from Wiki that the train and coaches weighed in at some 240 tons!). I would have liked to get a proper picture of the train but it was off to one corner and it looked as if it was due to leave the display shed – or had just been shunted back in. The day I went the museum was packed, I believe many local schools were on holiday, so it would have been difficult to leap a fence without causing subsequent problems for museum staff – on a quieter day I might have looked for permission.
As many know, I like to spend time taking pictures in and around local parish churches in England. One of the features of many of the churches is the placing of memorials on the walls. Some can be 100s of years old. At a recent trip to the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York, North Yorkshire, I was taken by this particular display of steam train name plates – are these not the same thing – memorials to those that have passed on? I thought there were an apt link to a short series taken at the NRM. (I did think of ‘framing out’ the steam train funnel, but then better judgement prevailed!)