The reason for my journey to York (yesterday) was to visit the National Railway Museum and take some photos. Well, okay, the real reason was for a non-stressful day out somewhere there was next to no chance of meeting anyone who would know me from Adam, but the NRM seemed like a nice place to go. All the more so since I’ve been looking for a place to properly test out the photographic capabilities of my Nokia Lumia 735 since I got it a few months ago.
For those who don’t live in the UK, or who don’t regularly travel by train, the English rail network is great if you want to travel North-South. If your journey is East-West though, life suddenly becomes much more interesting. Yesterday’s sojourn from Wigan to York being a perfect example. The day began with a 40 minute wait at my starting station because if I had caught a train before 0930 it would have cost me roughly 30% more for my ticket. So having waited for the off-peak slot, I then had the pleasure of being on a really busy train – apparently I’m not the only cheapskate! – followed by 2 changes of train (Manchester and Huddersfield) before arriving in York 2 hours and 6 minutes later. To put that into perspective: I can travel from Wigan to London, a journey of almost twice the length, in the same time and without having to change trains once. I know that there are historical and geological reasons (ie the Pennines) that make the East-West route more technically challenging for a railway, but even so you do have to wonder.
Anyway, here are the photos I took:
It’s worth pointing out that none of these photos have been edited in any manner except that a few have been cropped and some have had to be turned the correct way around. Doubtless I’ll be playing with a few of them over the next few days and I may well post a few of them online when I have. What I do need to do is find a decent free photo-editor that will run nicely on my cheapo laptop.