Again, it has been a while since I posted siren #2 in this topic, so now it is time for siren #3 of my trip down south.
On one of the days of our trip, we decided to visit the city of York. Obviously, that had me hastily searching for sirens near the city just before we left.
Thanks to Brendan W's UK Siren Map, I was able to locate a Carter located just outside of the city. Upon further research, I discovered that the siren was located atop the Control Tower of the Yorkshire Air Museum, which was a very welcome surprise. I have visited the National Railway Museum before, which is also near York, but I had no idea of the Air Museum's existence until now.
Before we look at the siren, I would just like to briefly talk about the Museum itself.
The Yorkshire Air Museum is the most amazing Air Museum I have ever been to. It has a huge variety of different planes from various eras of RAF history, even including Messerschmitt aircraft. It also boasts the only fully complete Halifax bomber in Europe (or just the UK, I cannot fully remember what the plaque said), which you can actually pay to go inside and experience what it would be like to fly it. As well as planes, the Museum also contains a large amount of vehicles, such as a beautifully restored bus, a 'Tilly' truck (short for utility), and even 2 airport fire engines, one of which was originally in service in New York!
The museum spans over a huge area, on which are two hangars; one containing complete aircraft and the other displaying various exhibits mid-restoration. There are also barrack buildings, which have been repurposed to house yet more exhibits and displays. There is also a NAAFI building, which is still in use as a social space and café. The Control Tower on which the siren is located is located roughly in the centre of the site, featuring a restored vintage Tannoy speaker playing music from the wartime era. This Tower is, at the time of writing, being refurbished, and given the huge task requiring a lot of funds (£200,000 to be exact), the Museum is in need of donations to save this piece of history. If you have ever seen the film 'Back to the Future', you will be familiar with the phrase "save the Control Tower!". Ok, so maybe in the film it doesn't say 'Control' Tower, but you get my point.
If you are interested in contributing to preserve the Control Tower, head over to the Yorkshire Air Museum's site for more information:
https://yorkshireairmuseum.org/explore/ ... our-tower/
By the way, I have not in any way been sponsored by the Yorkshire Air Museum to write this, I am just genuinely wanting to share how amazing this place is. If you ever get a chance to go there, I highly recommend it. Potentially even over the National Railway Museum, but that is just personal preference.
Anyway, now that I have 'briefly' mentioned that, let's get onto the siren itself.
So, as previously mentioned this siren was manufactured by Carter, and it will have served as an air raid and Civil Defence siren back in the day. It is located atop the Control Tower (yet ANOTHER reason to "Save the (Control) Tower"), and is in an OK condition. I assume the peeling paint is simply cosmetic damage, as there appears to be very little rust on the siren itself. I do not know if it is connected to power, but given that the Control Tower has been gutted out for refurbishment, I'd guess that it has been disconnected for now. The siren appears to have traces of pale blue paint clinging onto it, so that is what I assume the original colour was, unless it has faded due to sun exposure (a rare occasion in the UK).
I don't really have much else to say about this siren other than it will most likely be taken down for restoration soon, so that will be interesting.
I spent more time talking about the museum itself than the actual siren... heheh...
Anyway, thanks for reading
A British siren enthusiast. Previously lived at the furthest point from any sirens before co-discovering one very close to where he is located.
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