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I'll be in England for a week in February and need some suggestions on where I should go...no not to that warm place, I'll be there soon enough!
But rather in a more locomotive vain. I'm going to York and all but are there any hobby shops that I must visit. (I'm into those black trains with lots of pipes and eagles, and things including that Buddhist symbol that some very nasty people used as their emblem) Any preservation trains that will be running during that time would also be nice. I'll be traveling by Brit rail natch.
 

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There is one hobby shop in the centre of York but not strong on continental stuff. I've been there and had a browse and a good deal is possible. They could be having their sale in February. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway may operate at that time of year but possibly at weekends only. Its pretty good and in the centre of James Herriot country. In that area it has to worth a visit to "Rails of Sheffield" so would suggest you stop off their on your way to York if possible.

How widely will you be travelling?

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Gary
 

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Wolverhampton is a short train ride to the UK's leading preserved line the Severn Valley Railway at Kidderminster but don't think they run midweek that time of year. The main shed where trains are stored is as Bridgenorth with rolling stock stored at Bewdley and Highley.

http://www.svr.co.uk/index.php

Then you have Tyseley Works in Birmingham which is another short train ride from Woverhampton although a static display only unless they have an open day when steam is up.

http://www.vintagetrains.co.uk/tlw.htm

Science Museum in South Kensington, London always good for railway stuff with plenty of buttons to press. Harrods not too far around the corner. All aspects of transport covered.

Model Rail Scotland at the SSEC, Glasgow is Scotland's premier model railway show February 24,25,26.

Hatton's of Liverpool worth a visit and you can do a Beatles circular tour on a Strawberry Fields bus.

And of course you are off to York so earlier ideas apply.

There may be one or two mainline steam excursions running in February starting from York or even in the Birmingham area (The Shakespeare Express?) so you could fit one of these into your plans.

What about the steam gala here. Not too far from York:-

http://www.kwvr.co.uk/events/index.htm

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Gary
 

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If you are interested in preservation societies Steam and diesel locomotives, the under noted maybe of interest.

Boness & Kinneil Railway Preservation Society:

www.srps.org.uk/railway
 

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Mmmm.... I'll be heading for Nuremberg then, I wonder what the attraction could possibly be?!


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