Good Elf…

Hundreds of people attended an event at Stockeld Park near York earlier today, coming together in an attempt to break the world record for the largest gathering of Elves!

The event, which eventually saw a total of 1116 elves, smashing the old record of 762, was organised in order to raise money for the Martin House Children’s Hospice who care for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses.

 

World record attempt for largest gathering of elves

World record attempt for largest gathering of elves

World record attempt for largest gathering of elves

World record attempt for largest gathering of elves

World record attempt for largest gathering of elves

World record attempt for largest gathering of elves

World record attempt for largest gathering of elves

World record attempt for largest gathering of elves

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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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