English village train station

English village train station

This is the railway station area of the Beamish living museum. The very ornate railway carriage and locomotive in front (almost completely hidden from this angle) pull visitors to another part of the 300 acre site. I wanted to show this side of the station with a clear view along the small platform. Part of the main draw of Beamish is the railway and tramway, in some ways it reminds me of Auckland Museum of Transport but on a larger scale. I was stood on a bridge looking down on the tracks to take this photograph.

Traction Engine at Beamish village

Traction Engine at Beamish village

Another photograph of a traction engine at the Beamish museum. Taken outside the Annfield Plain Industrial Co-Operative Society store in the main village itself. There’s a lot of tourists around but one of things I like most about this photograph is the lady driving this huge steam powered vehicle. These vehicles were used from around 1850 and were precursors to the modern tractor. Used on farms they were self propelled steam engines that could pull heavy loads. In the UK there are a number of steam fairs that people can see these massive machines in action.

Steaming Traction Engine

Steaming Traction Engine

One of the great tourist attractions of County Durham and the North East of England is Beamish, the living museum of the north. I’d heard about it and had been meaning to go for years. When I went it was much big and better than I expected. It was Easter weekend so whilst it was very busy, they had dozen of old vehicles from old tractions as seen here to old cars, buses and fire engines. There were also many volunteers and staff dressed in olden days clothing. The museum was opened in 1970 with a focus on the restoration of Victorian and Edwardian industrial revolution Britain. The site is about 300 arces and has a old trams running around the outside (as you can see the green pole in this photograph for the tram lines). This traction engine was coming up the hill to the main entrance just off to the right. The hill indirectly helped this photograph have lots of smoke coming from the coal powered steam engine.

Dunham Massey stables and carriage hall

Dunham Massey stables and carriage hall

This photograph was taken at Dunham Massey Park on my last trip to the UK for a friends wedding. I’ve shared a number of images of this park as it is close to where I grew up and one popular National Trust properties in Cheshire. The old mill is one of my favourite scenes but here we see the stables and carriage hall which have now been converted into shops and a cafe. I’m not sure the significance of the water in the foreground but I felt it gave a nice reflection. Off to the left of the frame I’ve found fallow deer that roam freely around the park. The Hall dates back to 1660 so these buildings are certainly hundreds of years old. The stables are in the foreground and carriage hall behind.

Inside Fountains Abbey

Inside Fountains Abbey

The largest indoor area of the Abbey is called The Monk’s cellarium and it was where the food was stored. Presented with this low light environment and not having a tripod with me was a challenge. My solution was to put my camera on the floor. This meant I was able to capture a much longer exposure and get the details in the darker areas of the ceiling. Taking off my jacket, I was able to put this under the camera to lift up the front of the lens and adjust the angle to frame this photograph properly.