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Sir Nigel Gresley


Sir Nigel Gresley is an A4 class locomotive built by the London & North Eastern Railway in 1937.

The locomotive is named after the company?s then Chief Mechanical Engineer. In 1935 the LNER introduced the streamlined A4 Class locomotives to improve the speed of their trains and compete with the increased competition from road transport. Initially introduced to haul the new Silver Jubilee express between London and Newcastle, the class was an instant success, with 2509 Silver Link, setting a new British speed record of 112mph on the first press run! In 1938 this was bettered by another A4 Class Locomotive, Mallard which set an all-time world speed record for steam traction of 126mph.

During its working life Sir Nigel Gresley was allocated to Kings Cross depot, the ?Top Shed? and worked the Kings Cross to Newcastle expresses. In the 1960s the locomotive moved to Scotland and hauled the Edinburgh to Aberdeen trains until withdrawal in 1966.

Thirteen years earlier, in 1959 the locomotive had set a post-war world speed record of 112mph when working a special train from Doncaster to London, and as such was ear marked for preservation by the A4 Preservation Society. This small group successfully purchased Sir Nigel Gresley and moved the locomotive to Crewe for overhaul.

Sir Nigel Gresley enjoyed periods of mainline activity from the 1970s onwards and after its most recent overhaul; the locomotive hauled its first train of the new millennium for Steam Dreams in 2008.

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