Weight and Stuff Report – 22 June 2013

Back up a bit today after yesterday’s quite large drop. Ho hum, and all that.

The weather forecast for today suggested that pretty much anywhere I might want to go to would be having periods of moderately heavy rain, so I decided that I wouldn’t attempt one of my long walks. Instead, I took myself to the National Railway Museum in York, which is aways worth a visit, and offers lots of nice photographic subjects.

There’s a build of of events to mark the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s still unbeaten speed record for a steam locomotive, the most significant part of which is bringing together some other Class A4 engines. Last time I was there, Mallard had been joined by the Dwight D Eisenhower, and today a third engine, Dominion of Canada had joined the line-up. Actually, there’s another one nearby – on the train coming home, I spotted Republic of South Africa on a siding outside the museum. Getting all three of them in a shot was a challenge – I eventually resorted to the X-E1’s panorama mode, which didn’t do too badly – the exposure was a bit out, and there is a a slightly odd half person to the right, but this at least gives the general idea:

Three A4s

Three A4s

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 18mm
ISO 1600
Taken 14:15, 22 June, 2013

I’ll put a larger version up somewhere at some point.

I had a nice wander through the storage/display area where the NRM keeps lots of random stuff – signs, statues, signals, all kinds of railway-related stuff, like this nice bit of glass:

Wrexham

Wrexham

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/5
Shutter speed 1/30s
Focal length 22.3mm
ISO 800
Taken 14:24, 22 June, 2013

In the station hall, they’re busy building a new cafe, but there was still plenty to see, including these nicely silly signs attached to an exhibit about goods services:

Rules

Rules

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed 1/15s
Focal length 34.3mm
ISO 3200
Taken 15:47, 22 June, 2013

How strange that boxes of tasty treats seem to be more fragile than the average package…

The random exhibition area on the upper level of the Great Hall has a nice display of things related to catering on the trains – old posters, menus, staff uniforms and this historical thingy:

What's in the box?

What’s in the box?

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed 1/30s
Focal length 32.9mm
ISO 6400
Taken 15:28, 22 June, 2013

The burger is probably still in there, and just as edible[1] as it was when it was put in there. I think I may have had one of those microwaved burgers once. They’re a bit like CMOT Dibbler’s sausage inna bun in that once is the general number of times you might consider trying them…

And finally for now, I was amused by the juxtaposition[2] of the rather large diesel and the very small steam engine here:

Who's your little friend?

Who’s your little friend?

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/15s
Focal length 18mm
ISO 1600
Taken 14:19, 22 June, 2013

[1] Not very…
[2] That’s today’s big word. It’s one of my favourites