York is one of the most popular places to visit in the UK, and it’s no surprise – spend a day in York and chances are you’ll have walked past every type of architecture from every era in human history. Here are five facts about the city that you might not have heard about…Read them here
Some steam trains from the National Railway Museum in York (UK). If I have a favourite, it is the pannier tank engine – the brown one – but I do hate that colour! It is a lovely engine when in the traditional dark green of the Great Western Railway.
The Evening Star was the last steam locomotive ever built for service in the UK. The blue streamlined train, the Mallard, held the speed record.
Sam Pointon, a British six-year-old, wrote to the National Railway Museum applying for a job, saying, “I have an electric train track. I am good on my train track. I can control two trains at once.” He’s now the official Director of Fun.
The Mallard locomotive broke the world steam speed record by travelling at 126mph 75 years ago today (on 3rd July 1938). The record is still held by the Mallard to this day. It is now being reunited with its five other sister locomotives at the National Railway Museum in York. Being a fan of steam trains I find this exciting and really interesting as part of our history. See the links below for more information
Awesome things: Using a steam loco’s firebox to cook food
Every couple of months, I fall into a habit of just laying in bed in my dorm room watching videos of steam trains. I’ve always loved trains for as long as I can remember. Maybe it’s because my dad was into trains or maybe it was all the Thomas the Tank Engine videos I watched on repeat. Whatever the reason, I’ve been obsessed with them to this day.
Recently, however, I just discovered a little ritual that some engine crews practice that I think is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. When the driver and fireman are getting their engine ready to leave the shed or stopped at a platform waiting for the conductor’s signal to leave, they use the fireman’s shovel as a grill, hold over the flame of the firebox and use it to cook food, usually something simple like bacon, sausage, eggs or steak.
From what it looks like, it seems to be a uniquely British tradition since I can’t seem to find pictures or videos of American crews doing the same thing. In the heyday of steam, the practice was actually frowned upon and to prevent crews from doing it, they would issue fireman shovels with holes drilled in them so it couldn’t hold food.
Now, in the modern day, a lot of preserved lines that run steam trains carry on the tradition and have cooked all sorts of food on the footplate. The photo that I included above is from a newspaper article from a couple christmas’s ago about how at the National Railway Museum in York, they used the firebox of a tank engine to cook a whole christmas dinner.