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Team Building in York

On the morning of Thursday 17th April, by courtesy of Lucy Cook, the volunteers’ coordinator, about 25 volunteers and staff of the SRM headed off to York for a day out, and what a day it was.

We arrived at York museum, and after a health and safety brief- ing we were allowed into the Railway Museum. We divided into two groups, the first group going on a pre booked tour of the workshops whilst the rest of us went round the Museum.

The public are not normally allowed into the workshops but they can view the activities going on there from an overhead walkway. We were shown around by a member of the staff who appreci- ated the interest shown particularly by the likes of George Richardson, Les Ferguson and Stuart Lee who were impressed by the many lathes and other equipment, most of which had been donated by various companies including Rolls Royce.

The locomotives being worked on were Flying Scotsman, unrec- ognisable as only its chassis was present minus its wheels, and Lord Nelson which had had a successful boiler test following the completion of major work.

The museum of course had its myriad of exhibits which really needs days to fully appreciate. A walk across the footbridge from the old Percy Main station, now the Metro, rekindled distant memories for some of us.

After the museum, we visited a pub in York, then headed home- wards, stopping off at the Black Bull in Yarm. This is when the day went from good to magnificent, the food and drink were free! We sat at our tables and platters of food were placed be- fore us, whilst Bucks Fizz was brought round at regular intervals. What a great day, when’s the next one?

John Pratt, Railway Manager.




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