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Seen here running light returning from duty in Edinburgh for the Bank Holiday, Sir Nigel Gresley is travelling alongside the River Tees, about to pass beside the Newport Lift Bridge on her way back to base at the North York Moors Railway. Alternative view in WS.

In the background is an aerial section of the A19, the trunk road between Newcastle and Doncaster, part of the modern transport system.


Apologies for lack of originality, but the following is derived from two edited web links :

The Locomotive
Built for the LNER in 1937, was the 100th Gresley Pacific built. It is a 4-6-2 locomotive to the same design by Sir Nigel Gresley as the more famous Mallard.

Locomotive 4498 was actually due to receive the name Bittern. So the story goes, an LNER enthusiast who worked in the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, realised in time that 4498 was the 100th Gresley Pacific locomotive and the suggestion was made that the locomotive be named after her designer. ( Numbering was changed to 60007 during a period of reorganisation )

Sir Nigel Gresley is the holder of the post-war steam record speed of 112 mph gained on 23 May 1959 and carries a plaque to that effect. As with Mallard's record, set in 1938, this was descending southward from Stoke Summit, but unlike Mallard's run which was a special attempt, this was with a full train of passengers returning from an excursion to Doncaster works. The excursion exceeded 100 mph on two other occasions on the same day.

The Man
Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley (19 June 1876 – 5 April 1941) was one of Britain's most famous steam locomotive engineers, and was responsible for some of the most famous steam locomotives in Britain. The Flying Scotsman, was the first steam locomotive officially recorded over 100 mph in passenger service, and Mallard, still holds the record for being the fastest steam locomotive in the world,126 mph.

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