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For those of you able to visit the NRM York there is a great exhibition of railway photographs on the Gallery by the "Phoenix Photographic Group" If you can't get there have a look at their website "www.phoenixrpc.co.uk" and have a look at the exhibition pics there and many others. It is a very nice little website.
 

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By an amazing coincidence we were there yesterdayand saw the exhibition in close up. The one of the pointwork at Kings Cross stood out in my mind ani D couldn't help wondering how the hell would you know if you cocked something up on it? Are they what are termed double slip points? I acquired a set of peco ones second hand and am now wondering where to use them.
I understand that as of next week there is an exhibition starting devoted to the Flying Scotsman.
On the subject of photography the NRM station mock-up has to be the worst lit museum in Britain in my opinion, I tried to get a couple of photo's of Winston Churchill but they came out too dark as usual.
 

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I'm not sure about tripods in particular but they are happy for photo's to be taken as long as it is not for commercial use so snap away.

If you are travelling by train there is now a direct access via the main footbridge to the museum instead of having to walk a quarter of a mile round the block.

Better going by train 'cos York is nightmare in a car and parking is a whopping £7 per day.
 

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The 'Station Building' or South Hall is an ex-Goods depot, and is top lit by glass in the roof. It is dim at this time of year due to the low angle of the sun (when it shines, that is!). I've achieved good photographs between May and September when the sun has been out. If you use flash and can control the lens aparture (eg the f number), use at least one, preferably two stops more to get the maximum light back in - or a flash-gun with automatic exposure. There is electrical lighting as well, but not a great deal - possibly to maintain something of the atmosphere and to avoid exposing the exhibits to too much light.

I have not seen their policy on tripods; they tend to be unpopular in museums because of the potential for tripping someone up. A 'uni-pod' takes up much less room but still gives greater stability than hand-held. There are also plenty of pillars about in the South Hall to rest the camera or yourself against to help steady the camera.

I'd also advise photography after 2.30pm which is about the time that school parties depart and you are less likely to be interrupted or cause a problem with a tripod.
Hope the pics come out well,
John Webb
 

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Just don't be tempted by the range of models in the NRM shop as prices start at the manufacturers' RRP and go upwards. The daftest i saw was Duchess of Montrose in mucky green for £120

They do have a good selection of railway books and some very nice prints by various artists.
 

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QUOTE I surprised you didn't suggest that you walked with the aid of a three legged cane.

Not trying to be rude or offensive, but just so I understand, do you have a three legged cane?

A very confused
 
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