Sir Nigel Gresley - 60007
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60007 Sir Nigel Gresley (A4 Pacific) last ran in BR service in the mid 1960s after which it was purchased for preservation by the A4 Locomotive Society. It was unusually, overhauled and restored to LNER garter blue livery as No. 4498 at the former LMS Crewe works in 1967, which still had steam expertise available. It then returned to BR tracks to haul enthusiast’s specials, something which it has been renowned for ever since.
Sir Nigel Gresley has always had a special place in the hearts on LNER fans after being named after that railway’s Chief Mechanical Engineer at Marylebone station on 26th November 1937. The locomotive had a short spell away from main line duties between 1968 and 1972 when BR’s infamous steam ban was in force. Later its forays from Carlisle tended to be associated with the Settle and Carlisle line. We see Sir Nigel Gresley at work on the main line duties, as well as performing on some of our most prestigious preserved lines.
Also in this programme we feature the locomotive in 1988 lined up for a photographic call alongside Mallard and Bittern as Silver Link, to mark its sister locomotive ‘Mallards’ 50th anniversary.
Contents: Early Workings – 4498 Turning at Yeovil, leaving Marylebone, Ais Gill and at York National Railway Museum.
After Overhaul – Test run at Derby shown at Alfreton, on Settle and Carlisle line.
On Preserved Lines – Severn Valley Railway, Great Central Railway, East Lancs Railway, Nene Valley Railway, Mid-Hants Railway and North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
The Intercity Sunset and Shap – Shap steam trails. 2006 Reappearance and test run in April 2008.
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