The world record breaking Class 4 locomotive ‘Mallard’ was pulled, under steam, by her sister locomotive ‘Union of South Africa’ earlier today as they made the journey from National Railway Museum in York to their other site, the National Railway Museum in Shildon (called Locomotive) in County Durham.
The journey to Shildon comes in advance of the final reunion of all six of the surviving A4 locomotives; Mallard, Union of South Africa, Dominion of Canada, Bittern, Sir Nigel Gresley and Dwight D Eisenhower as part of the Mallard 75 – The Great Goodbye commemorations held by the museums.
On the third of July 1938 Mallard became the world’s fastest steam locomotive recording a speed of 126mph on the East Coast main line.
Here’s a few from a wet and wild day today…
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The steam locomotive ‘Dominion of Canada’ arrives at the National Railway Museum on May 29, 2013 in York, England. The locomotive travelled down from the NRM’s sister museum in Shildon in County Durham after undergoing a £37k restoration after being brought over from Canada. It will initially form part of a display with two other locomotives, the ‘Dwight D Eisenhower’ and the ‘Mallard’. This year marks the 75th anniversary since the Mallard broke the world speed record in 1938 reaching speeds of 126 mph. The display in York will bring the all three locomotives together for the first time.
This is the start of a series of events to celebrate the Mallard’s world record and in July the Mallard, along with its five surviving sister A4 locomotives will mark the anniversary by gathering together around the Great Hall turntable at York. These locomotives include the three operational A4s – Sir Nigel Gresley, Union of South Africa and Bittern plus the Dwight D Eisenhower, Dominion of Canada and Mallard.
More info on the ‘Great Gathering’ at the museum can be seen here…. NRM York
Images remain copyright Getty Images/Ian Forsyth
On Sunday 31st March at the Saltburn School an exhibition begins looking at Saltburn Miniature Railway and the volunteers who keep this classic Saltburn attraction running.
For a few months at the beginning of last year I photographed the volunteers of the miniature railway as they maintained the locomotives, the track and generally prepared for the season. To coincide with the season this year the exhibition at the school brings together some of the photographs that I shot during that time and some of the equipment used by those volunteers who spend their spare time keeping this attraction running.
The exhibition is launched on Sunday at 6pm and some of the volunteers will be speaking about the work they do with the miniature railway as well as a few words from yours truly about the pictures. One of the volunteers who cannot be there on Sunday is Reg Blacklock who sadly died last year. Reg, who apart from being one of the volunteers with the railway also had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the railway and was also a teacher at Saltburn School for some 20 years back in the day when it was a school before an art gallery.
By clicking the link HERE you can see some of the pictures that can be seen at the exhibition as well as some of the other photographs that I shot on one of my blogs.
You can also view a short photofilm that I made showing the volunteers with the railway and at the bottom you can view a preview of a book that I put together. Please allow a few seconds for the book to load.
I hope you enjoy the pictures if you get the opportunity to visit the exhibition.
View the photofilm below….