About Me

I am a 45 year husband and dad, currently adjusting to life back in the United States after living in Italy for a little over two years. I love spending time with my family, cycling, model railroading, mosaics and watching TV and movies.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


We were up early and ready to go this morning. After breakfast we walked over to the train station. We had to catch a 10:10am train to Bristol, then switch to another train that would take us to York. The first train was delayed, but we were able to catch another one at the last minute and made it to Bristol with a few minutes to spare. We caught the next train and settled in for our 4 hour ride north to York.

We arrived in York around 2:30pm. We put our luggage in storage and visited the National Railway Museum. It is located just across the tracks from the main station.

This museum shows off 200+ years of British railway history. Some of the highlights include Queen Victoria's lavish royal car and the first stage coaches on rails.

Display of the Channel Tunnel.

The Hogwarts Express. It is the actual locomotive used in the Harry Potter films. This working locomotive was on temporary loan from the railroad that uses it for excursions. It arrived at the museum under its own steam power.

This locomotive was used to haul debris out of the Channel Tunnel project

What the inside of a steam engine looks like.

This was a favorite of ours, the Duchess of Hamilton

The storage warehouse. This is only a very small section of it.

From the Harry Potter movies

Visitors can see what restoration work is happening in the workshops.

The museum started closing at 6pm. Time for us to go check into our hotel. We are staying at the Travelodge. Its a generic economy hotel. Nothing fancy, but clean and comfortable.

This evening we took a free walking tour of York. It was a 2 hour walking tour that provided some overall insight into the city of York and its architecture. It was a chilly walk, thats for sure. The wind was blowing pretty hard through the narrow lanes. I didn't really bring any warmer clothing for Englands chilly climate.

Inside what was once a corner tower.

Our wonderul boy Brandon

York Minster, one of England's finest churches.

Stones waiting to be cut for the refurbishment of the Minster.

Tomorrow we plan to visit the York Castle Museum, the Jorvik Museum and walk through the old city.

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