Railfest showed England at best

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From: David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.

I WENT to the National Railway Museum’s Railfest on Tuesday and what a treat it was. I went to the Railfest in 2004, and this year’s event is even better.

The layout area was huge, clearly signed with much interesting and relevant information. The range of very old, old, current and ultra modern stock was excellent as were most of the staff and volunteers manning each exhibit and the rail crossings etc.

The number of locomotives “in steam” was good to see and smell, as were the numerous types of rolling stock and eating places.

People of all ages and interests seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, and the rides and moving exhibits had not been ruined by over zealous health and safety officers.

The event was well planned and must have cost thousands to assemble and display, but well done all at the NRM – this was England at her best.

Sayings that reflect life

From: David J Whitehead, Sunnydale Crescent, Hinckley, Leicestershire.

I TOOK out my pen and made a note after reading Ian McMillan’s article (Yorkshire Post, May 22). I would like to pass on another line for Ian from an old colliery town in Warwickshire: “Look at the time and not a pigeon came.”

I hope that makes Ian smile. His columns always bring out a grin or a fit of the giggles – after all, they are frequently my life in print.

Mystery men

From: Don Alexander, Knab Road, Sheffield.

WHO the heck are UK Athletics? I have never heard of them. Do they get paid?