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National railway museum York

During a recent trip to York we visited the National Railway Museum which is conveniently situated next to a Park and Ride bus stop in the city.

I assumed that I would need to use a fairly wide angle lens to take pictures of the engines, so I packed my Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle along with a Takumar 28mm f/3.5 and Takumar 55mm f/1.8 to use on my Camdiox focal reducer. As it happens I mostly used the longest of those lenses, the 55mm Takumar with the camdiox, because the light levels were really quite low. This meant that a lot of the pictures I took were detail shots with the aperture wide open leading to a lot of defocused backgrounds. Fortunately, I quite like this style of photography so I had quite a lot of fun and took a fair number of pictures.

Even with the extra stop that the camdiox adds, a lot of the pictures were taken at really high iso on my Sony Nex 6, but fortunately the noise levels on this camera are really well controlled, so the resulting images are not too bad.

The best of the pictures I took which have been post processed in Lightroom 5 are shown below.

Pictures from the National Railway Museum


I’m a software developer by profession but I’ve been taking pictures since I was about 8 years old. In that time I’ve owned cameras of all types and sizes from 120 roll film thro’ 35mm to my current Pentax K-5, Ricoh GXR + P10/S10/A12 28mm/A12 50mm, Canon S95 and recently acquired Sony NEX 6.


  1. Great series.

  2. Hi Simon. A day of images that are filled with nostalgia for many that walk through the hall. Especially the images of the huge parts of the steam engines including the nuts,bolts and split-pins that kept them all together and functioning as assembled units/parts of the whole of the magic of British Engineering.

  3. Pat says:

    What a wonderfully photographed series!

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