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British National Railway Museum

A highlight of my Air National Guard deployment to England in July 1987 was spending a day in York. I rode a train up from Peterborough, and after a walk around the top of the wall surrounding the city and visit to the York Minster, I then spent the rest of the day at the British National Railway Museum before catching a train back to Peterborough.

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Now here's an ornately decorated locomotive.

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London Midland & Scottish Railway #2700

Class 5F5P - Built 1926

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Liverpool & Manchester 0-2-2 "The Rocket" replica. The original was built 1829; this replica in 1979.

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0-4-0 Furness Railway #3

"Copperknob"

Built 1846

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Looking across the indoor turntable at four beauties.

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A highly-detailed large-scale model.

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4-6-2 London & Northeastern #4468

Class A4, built 1938.

Shortly after completion, the "Mallard" set a world speed record for steam locomotives - 126 mph. The loco was retired in 1963.

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Some early rolling stock.

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British Rail 0-4-0 Diesel shunter #D2860

Built in 1961 with a Rolls Royce 170 hp engine, it is still used for switching duties at the Museum.

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An overhead view of the main display area.

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BR #D8000 was the first main-line Diesel locomotive to be delivered as part of the 1955 Modernization Plan. It has a 1000 hp V-8 engine.

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Two old coaches