Eight magical pictures of National Railway Museum engines transformed by light

Locos are bathed in colourful light at the National Railway Museum. Photographs: Paul Kingston, North News
31 Oct 2015 @ 6.28 pm
| History, Transport
Locos are bathed in colourful light at the National Railway Museum. Photographs: Paul Kingston, North News
Locos are bathed in colourful light at the National Railway Museum. Photographs: Paul Kingston, North News

Something magical happens at the National Railway Museum when the sun goes down during Illuminating York.

Some of the iconic locomotives at the museum are transformed as part of its seventh annual lighting design spectacular, Locos In A Different Light.

The free-entry event runs every evening until 10pm from October 28–31 as part of the Illuminating York festival.

Judging takes place: which will be deemed the best?
Judging takes place: which will be deemed the best?

Locos In A Different Light sees the York-based museum’s cavernous Great Hall plunged into darkness and its fantastic engines take centre stage, transformed by amazing colour and light displays.

Six of the displays were created by theatre lighting design students from specialist colleges across the UK as part of a competition which took place during Tuesday evening (October 27).

Evening Star on the NRM turntable
Evening Star on the NRM turntable

Members of the public can vote for the entry which most captures their imagination over the course of the four-day showcase.

The student competition brought to life five locomotives which have never been part of the showcase before, as well as a returning favourite, Duchess of Hamilton.

A new way to see these old engines
A new way to see these old engines

And the story is brought right up to the present day with the newest addition to the Great Hall, a first-generation Eurostar power car.

The new Eurostar engine at the NRM
The new Eurostar engine at the NRM
Pannier Tank lit up
Pannier Tank lit up
Winston Churchill illuminated (the engine not the former PM)
Winston Churchill illuminated (the engine not the former PM)
A student puts the finishing touches to his team's light display
A student puts the finishing touches to his team’s light display