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2008/09/10 National Railway Museum, Yorkshire Wheel

The conference dinner for OR50 was held at the National Railway Museum, which included a ride on the Yorkshire Wheel.
The conference dinner for OR50 was scheduled at the National Railway Museum in York.  As we approached the venue, the size of the Yorkshire Wheel became apparent.

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The material and techniques to construct the wheel should have been low in complexity, given today’s technology.  The form, however, is still impressive.

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I had arrived on one of the later buses, because our driver got lost on the way.  Most of the other attendees had already had their ride on the wheel.

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Each pod seats up to 6 people. Continue reading2008/09/10 National Railway Museum, Yorkshire Wheel

2008/09/08 Beverley, Yorkshire

After-hours drinks with colleagues took us to the market cross and a traditional pub in Beverley.
Beverley — a market town, with a long history in Yorkshire — is where some of the professors at the University of Hull live.  After a day in seminars, we chose the town as a destination for drinks and dinner.  There’s been a market cross in Beverley since the 1700s, although the current structure must have been constructed more recently.

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The market only happens on Saturday morning, so the space is a parking lot for the rest of the week.

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The street named Toll Gavel may have been where road charges were paid in the 13th century.

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As is common in most small British towns, stores don’t open late.  Window shopping is the only option. Continue reading2008/09/08 Beverley, Yorkshire

2007/05/19 Trains: Yorkshire – Paddington – Heathrow

Returning from Hull, I take the train to Kings’ Cross, and transfer by taxi to Paddington Station for the Heathrow Express.
I’ve come to enjoy train travel in Britain. Looking out the window, there’s always a variety of sights that remind me of Grade 9 history class: rolling meadows, low stone walls, and factories from the industrial revolution. On the train down to King’s Cross, there’s more than one instance signalling a more modern era.

Yorkshire countryside Continue reading2007/05/19 Trains: Yorkshire – Paddington – Heathrow

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