It's no secret that I'm a fan of steam locomotives. I grew up with them as a child on the LNER route and still love to see them whenever I get the opportunity. This page shows just a few photographs of those wonderful machines I have managed to see over the last few years.
It might have taken eight months to restore her, but the wait was certainly well worth it. The "Dominion of Canada" was shown off to the public on May 17th, 2013 - and a wonderful job, too! Congratulations to all involved in her restoration - you should be very proud because we are extremely proud of you!
Two photographs of the A4 Pacific 4-6-2 4489 (60010) "Dominion Of Canada" when she was being restored at the National Railway Museum in Shildon, County Durham. Restoration work began on this locomotive during late 2012 and was completed early May, 2013. The "Dominion Of Canada" is just one of six A4's that remain since the days of steam.
The Gresley designed A4 4-6-2 Pacific steam engine 60010 "Dominion of Canada" looking at a little worse for wear as she arrived at Locomotion - the National Railway Museum in Shildon during early October, 2012.
The Gresley designed 4-6-2 A4 Pacific steam engine 60008 "Dwight D. Eisenhower" at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum in Shildon. This loco was one of two A4's that were on show at Shildon during October, 2012. The other was the "Dominion of Canada" 60010. They have been undergoing restoration work at Shildon and York. Both locomotives arrived in Liverpool on Tuesday, October 2nd 2012 having been shipped over from Canada. They are expected to remain in England for two years before being returned to the USA and Canada as museum exhibits.
Another view of "Dwight D. Eisenhower" at Shildon just after she arrived from Liverpool.
The "Dominion of Canada" and "Dwight D. Eisenhower" side by side at Shildon. Don't be fooled about the smoke appearing to come from "Dwight D. Eisenhower" - it was, in fact, steam from the Furness Railway Number 20 which was in operation at the time, as you can see below.
A 'great gathering' of the six surviving A4's can be seen at the NRM York between July 3rd and 17th. Mallard and its five surviving sister A4 locomotives will mark the calendar anniversary of Mallard's record-breaking run by gathering together around the Great Hall turntable at York. That's the three operational A4s - Sir Nigel Gresley, Union of South Africa and Bittern - plus Dwight D.Eisenhower, Dominion of Canada and Mallard. Admission is free.
There's then a 'great gathering' in the Autumn at York from October 26th to November 8th between 10.00am and 6.00pm - again with free admission.
Finally, there's 'The Great Goodbye' which is being held at Locomotion - The National Railway Museum at Shildon from February 15th to February 23rd between 10.00am and 6.00pm. Admission, again, is free. This will be the last chance to see all six A4 locomotives together before the repatriated engines return to their home museums in late spring/early summer 2014.
The Furness Railway No. 20 in steam at Locomotion - the National Railway Museum at Shildon, County Durham. It is the flagship locomotive of the Furness Railway Trust. It is the oldest working standard gauge steam engine in Britain.
Furness Railway Number 20 was built in 1863 by Sharp Stewart & Co. of Manchester as one of a batch of eight 0-4-0 tender locomotives supplied between 1863 and 1866.
The Nigel Gresley A4 Pacific 4-6-2 locomotive 4464 (60019) "Bittern" at Barrow Hill in Derbyshire.
Another view of "Bittern" showing the access door on the corridor tender. Wikipedia says: A Corridor connection (or Gangway connection) is a flexible connector fitted to the end of a railway coach to enable passage from one coach to another without falling out of the train.
I make no secret that the A4 is one of my all time favourite steam engines. The Gresley designed A4 Pacifics here, side by side, are "Bittern" and "Mallard." I am of the age to say I saw them in service as 60019 and 60022. Great memories!
A wonderful scene for steam enthusiasts at Barrow Hill in Derbyshire during April, 2012. This shows the Deltic diesel "Royal Highland Fusilier" with the A4 Pacifics "Bittern" and "Mallard" and the A2 "Blue Peter" alongside.
A similar photograph to the one above but, this time, with the "Green Arrow" in the foreground with the A2 "Blue Peter," the A4's "Mallard" and "Bittern" with the "The Royal Highland Fusilier" Deltic.
The new and the old with "The Royal Highland Fusilier" Deltic and the A4 Pacific "Bittern" in steam.
A dream weekend for loco fans at Barrow Hill in Derbyshire during April, 2012 had some wonderful engines on display. This shows the A4 Pacifics 4464 (60019) "Bittern," 4468 (60022) "Mallard and the A2 60532 "Blue Peter".
The A2 4-6-2 locomotive 60532 "Blue Peter" stands next to "Mallard" at Barrow Hill.
The name plate on the V2 engine "Green Arrow" with "Blue Peter" clearly seen to the left.
"Tornado" getting a wash and brush-up in time for the three day pubic event at Barrow Hill, Derbyshire, during April 2012.
The D11 class 4-4-0 No.506 "Butler Henderson" was built for the Great Central Railway as a class 11F and was completed in December 1919 and named after a director of the railway.
This is a J17 0-6-0 number 8217. This Great Eastern Railway goods engine was designed by James Holden. She was built at the Stratford Works in 1905. In British Railway days she was numbered 65567.
Express Passenger Locomotive 1902. 4-4-2 No 251 - LNER 3251. The Great Northern Railway (GNR) produced the first British 4-4-2 tender locomotive in 1898, in the form of No 990, Henry Oakley. In 1902 an experimental large boilered version with wide firebox, No 251, was produced at the Doncaster Works. It was the prototype of 90 such engines built until 1910.
This is the Gresley class GNR (Great Northern Railway) N2 0-6-2 tank engine 1744, which was built at the North British Locomotive works in 1921. The former British Railways number was 69523.
The K4 61994 "The Great Marquess" was a class of Gresley loco built for the steeply graded West Highland line to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig, the first appearing in 1937. 61994 - LNER 3442 - was the second in the class and built in Darlington.
This is the A4 Pacific 4-6-2 4468 (60022) Gresley designed "Mallard" at Shildon Railway Museum, County Durham in June 2010. "Mallard" is the holder of the official world speed record for steam locomotives reaching 126mph on July 3rd, 1938.
I'm sure the steam fans will love this one as I did when I took it. It shows the Darlington built, Peppercorn Class A1 4-6-2 60163 "Tornado" and the A4 Pacific 4-6-2 4468 Gresley designed "Mallard" (60022) at Shildon Railway Museum, County Durham in June 2010.
I have no idea what was going on at old Hartlepool Station, in Northgate, on September 2nd, 1958 but when I find out I will inform you. It certainly looks like some kind of celebration with all those gentlemen in suits and with several taking photographs by the trackside. This is certainly a rare photograph of this station and is one of many, on this page, from the collection of local man Tony Pearson.
West Hartlepool sheds in Mainsforth Terrace just before closure in 1967. The Standard Class 8F WD Austerity 2-8-0 number 90074 is in the centre of this photograph which came from the collection of Tony Pearson.
The Standard Class 8F WD Austerity 2-8-0 90588 in West Hartlepool Sheds, Mainsforth Terrace, on July 6th, 1966. Photograph © David Quayle.
The Peppercorn Class A1 4-6-2 60121 "Silurian" hauling "The Scarborough Flyer" in 1950. The engine was built in Doncaster in 1948 and withdrawn in 1965. Photograph © Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough and used with thanks.
The restoration of Sir Nigel Gresley, from start to finish, which dates to June, 2006. This set of photographs shows several dedicated volunteers working on this 4-6-2 A4 Pacific classic locomotive. Thanks to Colin & Kath Draper for providing these photographs which were taken at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
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