Exploring the World’s Most Iconic Railway Engines in York
Steam engines were once one of the most graceful yet powerful symbols of the industrial age. Powerful locomotive engines with a winning combination of speed and beauty. So it’s no wonder they still fascinate us now but if you visit the National Railway Museum in York you can add in an opportunity to see over 100 engines including the world’s fastest steam train (The Mallard), the Shinkansen Bullet Train or even a replica of Stephenson’s Rocket.
Even better is the fact that the whole day’s visit costs nothing as the National Railway Museum is still free to enter. Great news for us as it allowed us the chance to take the girls for a new Caribbean food experience at Turtle Bay in Stonegate.
So where do you start in the Great Hall? Well there’s over 100+ locomotives to choose from, but the chance to sit inside the cab of the famous Mallard was just to good to pass up…. whilst the new ‘Mallard Experience‘ provides a chance to feel what the Mallard’s world steam speed record attempt must have felt like as you rushed towards the Collyweston Bends (see here).
But there’s also plenty of opportunities to learn too… from the working displays of a turntable to the interesting exhibits that explain how steam engines work (see here for a great animated explanation on steam engines).
before you go check out the special events
But for us, the variety on offer has ensured both girls were kept enthused and engaged throughout the day seeing model railways in action, through to opportunities to see how the railways were used in the World Wars.
Looking for a bite to eat in york….. just head for turtle bay
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