Sometimes it’s good to take a breather from the crazy world of cars. This month marks the 75th Anniversary of the record breaking speed run of Sir Nigel Gresley’s streamlined locomotive, Mallard, so we have decided to fill our lungs with steam and pay homage. Keith Adams, myself and regular contributor (and rail employee) Andrew Elphick will be visiting the National Railway Museum in York this coming Friday, 12 July.
As part of the celebration, the NRM will have all six surviving A4 class members tastefully positioned around the turntable in the Great Hall until 17 July – and the best thing of all its all free to enter and see this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The surviving preserved class members on public display are:
- Dominion of Canada
- Dwight D Eisenhower
- Sir Nigel Gresley
- Union of South Africa
- …and, of course, the star of the show, Mallard
Canada and Eisenhower were specially shipped over from the States by cargo ship and, following the end of the York display, the remaining locomotives in operational condition will be setting off for a series of UK rail tours in part of the ‘Mallard 75’ celebrations. They will all be together again briefly in Shildon for a Great Farewell display before they part company and go back to their respective homes in England and across the Atlantic Ocean.
We aim to be in the Great Hall for around 12.30pm so, if you are in the area, come along and say hello. For those with an interest who have never visited York Museum, it’s the biggest of its kind in the world with hundreds of static displays, interactive activities and loads to do for all people of all ages. Food and drink is catered for and you can even relax in the comfort of a preserved Japanese Bullet train coach – it really is a fantastic day out for all ages.
The NRM is situated in York city centre right next door to the rail station itself and it’s well signposted as you enter the city by car. Should you be travelling by rail there is a dedicated public footbridge connecting both sites and we hope to see you there on the day!