Railway Locomotive Weather Vane by if1

Railway Locomotive Weather Vane

362 - High above what were once the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway is this weather vane, which was part 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 three 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.

The former offices have featured before in my project ( http://365project.org/if1/365/2012-08-23) and are now converted to the Cedar Grand Court Hotel, the first 5* hotel in York.
This is beautiful and so nice that it has been restored.
Love the light and sky in the photo too!
March 2nd, 2013  
Bob
Nice shot. I really like the colors, the gold and the blue. I notice the E label on the gold ball is under the W on the direction vane. So, is the locomotive arrow pointing S or N?
March 2nd, 2013  
Nice shot, and informative.
March 2nd, 2013  
Very cool... looks awesome!
March 2nd, 2013  
Love the light and colours! And interesting to hear the background,too!
March 2nd, 2013  
Great capture of a very intricate weather-vane, as always you background narrative makes this quite significant.
March 2nd, 2013  
Stunning find, and wonderfully executed image. I have a whole folder in "My Pictures" just for my shots of weathervanes. Fav.
March 2nd, 2013  
A great find and a great capture of this beautiful restored vane
March 2nd, 2013  
A lovely bright shot. It's a beautiful weathervane, and it's good it's been restored.
March 2nd, 2013  
Lovely image. The deep colour of the sky just sets it off nicely.
March 2nd, 2013  
Lovely shot against the blue sky
March 3rd, 2013  
Good tonal range.
March 3rd, 2013  
wow thats beautiful! fav!
March 3rd, 2013  
What a beautiful weather vane. Good capture
March 3rd, 2013  
Lovely :)
March 3rd, 2013  
lovely ~ and even lovelier blue skies
March 3rd, 2013  
Jen
great shot
March 3rd, 2013  
Thank you all for your kind and generous comments, and particularly to Nicole and Frank for the favs.

Bob asked about the E on the globe below the W direction pointer. I hadn't noticed this before, but a look at some of my other shots of this revealed what was happening here. First of all, the direction pointers are pointing in the correct directions, and the locomotive is pointing north. The E on the globe isn't a direction, but is the middle letter of NER (North Eastern Railway, the original owners of the building) and those letters are spread around the globe

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March 3rd, 2013  
I love weathervanes, so cool!
March 4th, 2013  
Nice shot.
March 5th, 2013  
@comicbooklady

Thank you Carol - I particularly like this one now it's restored.
March 7th, 2013  
@vesna0210

Thank you Vesna, glad you like it.
March 7th, 2013  
Nice!
March 12th, 2013  
@helixconcepts

Thank you Laura, I'm glad you like it.
March 12th, 2013  
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