The British are Coming! The British are Coming!!!
By Mike Stella
I’ve been to York twice. No, not that big toy train meet held twice a year in Pennsylvania, but to that great city in England that plays host to the British National Railway Museum.
It costs a bit more to get there but there is NO CHARGE to visit the museum. We in the USA could learn a few things from our British neighbors!
It takes many hours to see all that is on display but our most recent visit found us in the back rooms labeled “The Achieves” and it is impossible to describe to you the thousands of train items hidden away.
Some of it is full size, much of it models. And what fantastic models there are in cabinets and on shelves in large scales and in small scales. You could spend an entire day just in this area and I almost did.
I have been to the United Kingdom about seven times in the last ten years and have really come to appreciate British STEAM and have spent a small fortune trying to collect as many different looking locomotives as I can.
There are no British 4-8-8-4’s running about but there are a variety of smaller wheel arrangements we have never seen over here. I will let the pictures I took to accompany this article show you a bit of what I am talking about.