Railway Locomotive Weather Vane by fishers

Railway Locomotive Weather Vane

High above what were once the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway in York is this weather vane, which was a feature of the construction of the offices in 1906.

The original locomotive outline was of a local passenger tank engine, a rather lowly status engine for such an important building. It was replaced by the current outline in 1922 after the bearings on the original vane failed.

I have an earlier shot of this weather vane taken around ten years ago, when the whole thing leaned at a rather precarious angle following severe winds. It was taken down, repaired, re-gilded and returned to its place here. It is quite an eye catching feature as it reflects the sunlight.

The former NER offices were converted to The Grand Hotel, the first 5* hotel in York, which was opened in 2010.

Ian
Lovely shot and great background detail.
February 16th, 2021  
Great capture and pov
February 16th, 2021  
Super shot, so sharp against the blue sky
February 16th, 2021  
Great shot with the sun on it.
February 16th, 2021  
Very cool
February 16th, 2021  
What an elaborate weather vane.
February 16th, 2021  
What a beautiful sky background.
February 16th, 2021  
love these weather vanes :)
February 16th, 2021  
A lovely weather vane
February 16th, 2021  
Nice against the blue sky and on black
February 16th, 2021  
A great close up capture of the tower top and beautiful vane. Fav
February 16th, 2021  
Such a lovely weather vane
February 17th, 2021  
Love it! We stayed at the Grand Hotel for one night for our silver wedding and again for 2 amazing (expensive!) nights for the Teenager's 18th as he wanted to be at the Railway Museum on the day and have tea at Bettys. Loved being inside the iconic building and sleeping in what would have been a beautiful office.
February 17th, 2021  
Lovely weather vane. Great restoration work done on it - looks brand new.
February 17th, 2021  
How lovely. I really like the golden vane against the blue sky. Super shot, fav.
February 17th, 2021  
@peadar @seattlite @busylady @yoland @bkbinthecity @onewing @sunnygirl @pdulis @carolmw @craftymeg @pyrrhula @kjarn @casablanca @sangwann @pattyblue

Thank you all for your lovely comments and favs, they are very much appreciated.

The only time I've been in the Grand Hotel was during a Residents Festival weekend shortly after the hotel opened, on a guided tour to see some of the features of railway interest that survive in the building.

Ian
February 17th, 2021  
Beautiful weather vane and well maintained
Great capture
February 17th, 2021  
I love seeing weather vanes. They can have great character.
February 20th, 2021  
@ninaganci @will_wooderson

Thank you both - it is amazing how much these architectural details add to life.

Ian
February 24th, 2021  
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