Weight and Stuff Report – 1 April 2013

Down a bit today, good stuff.

I decided to go to York today. It had been a while since my last visit, so I made the effort and got out moderately early for a bank holiday. My vague plan was to go to the National Railway Museum, and maybe have a bit of a wander after that if the weather was up to it.

Well, I got to the NRM, which was pretty busy, but despite the crowds I got some pictures with the X100. It took a while to get a clear shot of these two beauties, but it was worth the wait. Mallard, holder of the steam engine speed record, has been reunited with another in its class, Dwight D Eisenhower, seen here in British Railways green livery:

Dwight D Eisenhower and Mallard

Dwight D Eisenhower and Mallard

Camera: FinePix X100
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 3200
Taken: 1 April, 2013

After a good look around, I headed out to the yard. I was expecting there to be a steam train of some kind giving rides, but I certainly wasn’t expecting to see a replica of Stephenson’s Rocket doing the honours.

Rocket

Rocket

Camera: FinePix X100
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/850s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 1 April, 2013

While at the NRM, I had a look from the viewing deck, which overlooks the tracks and York Station. And there I was reminded of something I’d spotted from a train on a recent trip to Leeds. I used the Google Maps app on my iPhone to guide me to this:

Holgate Windmill

Holgate Windmill

Camera: FinePix X100
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/480s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 1 April, 2013

Holgate Windmill has recently been restored to working order by a group of volunteer enthusiasts. Today was an open day, so the vanes were turning, and grain was being ground into flour. I took my knees in my hands[1] and braved the steep steps leading to the various levels, and enjoyed the sight and quite wonderful sound of a lovely bit of machinery. Worth a visit if you’re in York, and worth adding to the list of reasons why you should visit York.

Talking of windmills, Jonathan Creek is back on BBC 1 tonight…

[1] Not literally.

 

 

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