Steaming

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…

Mallard arrives at NRM Shildon

Mallard arrives at NRM Shildon

Mallard arrives at NRM Shildon

Mallard arrives at NRM Shildon

Mallard arrives at NRM Shildon

Mallard arrives at NRM Shildon

 

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The Great Gathering

The ‘Great Gathering’ event held at the National Railway Museum in York marks the 75 year anniversary of the steam locomotive Mallard becoming the World’s fastest steam locomotive after its record breaking run in 1938 near Stoke Bank, Grantham where it reached a speed of 126 mph.

The Great Gathering also brought Mallard back together with its five sister locomotives the Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D Eisenhower, Union of South Africa, Bittern and the Dominion of Canada.

Further pictures showing the arrival of the Dominion of Canada to the Railway Museum in York recently can be seen HERE

 

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Visitors to the NRM York view the six locomotives in the Great Hall – from left – Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D Eisenhower, Union of South Africa, Bittern, Mallard, Dominion of Canada

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Mallard is shunted onto the turntable in the Great Hall to be lined up with its sister locomotives

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

The Mallard

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

A man uses an iPad to take a picture of the record breaking Mallard at the National Railway Museum in York

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

The Canadian High Commissioner, Gordon Campbell, unveils the name plate on the Dominion of Canada as it is recommissioned

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

 Canadian High Commissioner Gordon Campbell (R) with Sir Nigel Gresley’s grandson Tim Godfrey pose for a picture on the footplate of Dominion of Canada to recreate

a 1937 photo of the then Canadian High Commissioner with locomotive designer Sir Nigel Gresley

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

The view inside the Mallard

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Twin brothers Derick Birch (L) a former carpenter with the railway and Ron Birch, a former fireman and driver pose in front of the Mallard.

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Graham Bell, 90 was a former driver and fireman on all of the locomotives that were gathered at the National Railway Museum in York for the ‘Great Gathering’

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Visitors to the ‘Great Gathering’ at the National Railway Museum in York walk amongst the locomotives

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

Philip Eaton and his daughter Sophie, 2, look at the locomotives at the ‘Great Gathering’ at the National Railway Museum in York

The Great Gathering at the National Railway Museum in York

A rail enthusiast writes notes and engine numbers into his notebook at the ‘Great Gathering’ event at the National Railway Museum in York

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On the right track

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

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National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York

 

National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York

National Railway Museum in York