Flying Mallard and a Tornado
A load of clips from Mallard and Tornado's journey from the National
Railway Museum in York to it's sister museum, Locomotion, in Shildon,
The entire route was packed with people jostling for position and waving at
the most famous locomotive in the world: the 72-year old world speed record
By the time Mallard had reached Shildon, the England v Slovenia world cup
game had finished 1-0 and England had qualified for the next stage of the
world cup. Everybody seemed to converge on Shildon to celebrate the sights
and sounds of what our nation can achieve and many lingered on enjoying a
beautiful, hot, sunny day.
Locations: Dalton (south of Thirsk), Danby Wiske (between Northallerton and
Darlington), Heighington (between Darlington and Bishop Auckland), and
Shildon, at the National Railway Museum's sister site, 'Locomotion'.
60009 on the move
A4 Union of South Africa runs alongside the M5 in Devon, faster than any steam train since 1965 not
much short of the magic figure.This was a return journey of a steam
railtour in Jan./Feb 1995 what a mind blowing experience WOW !!!
37419 COLD START
37419 Trying it's best to start in very cold conditions on the 8th February
2007 at Old Oak Common Depot LONDON UK.
The temperature on this date was -01c - 30.21F .
The power unit is clearly COLD hence the reason it is struggling to
start.It does start once the cylinder temperature rises around the 1:12 min
So,Please, Please stop telling us all how cold it is in your country this
video is not about that.All comments made about how cold it is in your
country will be deleted,we are not interested.Thanks.
"One Million hits" thank you all for the views.
Epic Struggle: Coal train starts off on Ardglen Bank. Wed 03/11/10
8251-8220-8255 come to a stand at Ardglen on an up loaded coal with
8133-8012-8111 on the rear pushing. Shortly after 8232-8208-8227 roll down
the grade on an empty coal. The loaded train then slowly gets he 72 loaded
wagons moving again on the 1 in 40 ( 2.5%) grade with much wheel slip and
Super Series Squeals. The bank engines can be seen detaching "on the fly"
at around the 09 45 mark. They will return light engine back to Werris
Creek to await their next banking job. Once a train to be banked has
passed Werris Creek it will proceed to Willow Tree and await the bank
engines which will follow them down from Werris Creek. Wed 03/11/10.
The Mallard being shunted to her temporary bed @ Shildon NRM 2010.
A4 Pacific 4468 "Mallard" at her new home, for two years, at Locomotion:
The National Railway Museum at Shildon, County Durham, England.
Mallard was hauled to Shildon, under steam, by the LNER Peppercorn Class A1
60163 "Tornado" on June 23rd, 2010. For further info (thanks to Stan)
Mallard returns to York
The magnificent LNER class A4 locomotive 4468 Mallard arrives back at the
National Railway Museum in York, ready for going on display from 22 July.
See this record-breaking locomotive on the turntable - and, from August,
step onto its footplate. http://nrm.org.uk/mallard
Wheelslip + Sanding + Smoking: 5 WDG4s with a Coal Train!
10 January 2011, 1127hrs.
Twin WDG4s come smoking out of a tunnel and roar up the Braganza Ghats with
a loaded coal train, with triple WDG4 bankers bringing up the rear. Listen
to the ear-splitting wheelslip noise as the locos use sanding to fight
their way up the formidable gradient!
Location: Dudhsagar, Braganza Ghats, Goa.
Camera: Canon PowereShot SX20 IS.
The Best of British Steam Compilation 2012
Finally, 2012 draws to a close and now it's time to recollect on the best
moments of the British Railway Steam scene, including tours, private
charters, overnight land cruises, empty stock workings and light engine
movements from all corners of the UK:
1. 17/11: Stanier built Princess Royal Class, 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' is
seen running the steam leg of the 'Cumbrian Mountaineer' from Tyseley to
Carlisle through Oxenholme.
2. 15/09: BR Standard Class 7 flagship number 70000 'Britannia' and LNER A4
Pacific 4464 'Bittern' are seen blasting southbound through Teignmouth with
the 'Mayflower' tour from London Euston to Plymouth.
3. 07/10: LMS Princess Coronation Class 46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' is
seen screaming through the night with the southbound leg of the 'Caledonian
Railtour' from Stirling to Wolverhampton.
4. 04/02: On the second run of the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express', LMS Stanier
Class 5 45305 is seen departing Preston for Carlisle running via Blackburn
and the Settle and Carlisle route
5. On the way back from Plymouth, 70000 'Britannia' and 4464 'Bittern' are
seen racing north through Teignmouth with the returning 'Mayflower' tour to
6. 12/08: BR Standard Class 7 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' is seen gliding
through Totnes with the southbound 'Royal Duchy' from Bristol Temple Meads
7. 19/08: On her first run on the 'Torbay Express' for 2012, 4464 'Bittern'
is seen racing through Teignmouth with the southbound leg to Kingswear
8. 05/08: unique BR Standard Class 8 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' is seen
blasting south through Teignmouth on the 'Torbay Express' from Bristol
Temple Meads to Kingswear
9. 02/09: 4464 'Bittern' is once again seen on the 'Torbay Express', this
time speeding south through Dawlish Warren
10. 17/11: Returning from Carlisle on the 'Cumbrian Mountaineer', 6201
'Princess Elizabeth' is seen powering down the Settle and Carlisle at
Armathwaite bound for Tyseley
11. 21/04: LMS Royal Scot Class 46115 'Scots Guardsman' is seen reversing
out of Carnforth steam town before steaming northbound up the WCML towards
Carlisle in preparation to haul its part of the Great Britain tour
12. 29/07: 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' is seen gliding through Teignmouth bound
13. 27/04: former Southern Railway built Bullied Light Pacific 34067
'Tangmere' of the Battle of Britain fleet is seen trundling through Preston
with a light engine working from Carnforth to Bristol Barton Hill
14. 10/03: Running the 'Shap, Settle and Carlisle' tour from Wolverhampton
to Carlisle, GWR Castle Class 5043 'Earl of Mount Edgcumbe' and 6201
'Princess Elizabeth' are seen accelerating away from the yards at Carnforth
15. 27/04: 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' is seen climbing away from Preston
through Leyland with the 'Great Britain' tour from Preston to Bristol
16. 15/07: 70000 'Britannia' is seen with its safety valves blowing off
loudly as it rumbles slowly along the Sea Wall at Teignmouth with the
17. 18/03: LMS Stanier 8F 48151 is seen departing Preston in classic form
with the 'Roses Express' from Preston to York
18. 15/12: After arriving from Bristol Temple Meads with the 'Christmas
Devonian', 34067 'Tangmere' is seen departing for Exeter Riverside with the
empty stock for that tour
19. 19/08: On its first run on the 'Torbay Express', 4464 'Bittern' is seen
climbing out of Torre with the return working to Bristol Temple Meads
20. 09/03: After a quick water stop, 5043 'Earl of Mount Edgcumbe' and 6201
'Princess Elizabeth' are seen departing from Preston with a light engine
working to Carnforth
21. 22/07: 70000 'Britannia' bursts out of Parson's Tunnel near Teignmouth
with the 'Torbay Express' bound for Kingswear
22. 05/08: 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' is seen racing out from under Shaldon
Bridge at Teignmouth with the return leg of the 'Torbay Express'
23. 26/04: Arriving with the 'Great Britain' tour, 46233 'Duchess of
Sutherland' is seen arriving at Preston from Glasgow Central
24. 15/04: GWR Manor Class 7827 'Lydham Manor' is seen climbing from
Goodrington Sands bound for Kingswear
25. 05/08: 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' passes Teignmouth with the 'Royal Duchy'
bound for Par
26. 01/12: 60009 'Union of South Africa' runs the 'Christmas White Rose'
north past Ryther bound for York
27. 5043 'Earl of Mount Edgcumbe' is seen rumbling through Bamber Bridge
with the returning 'Shap, Settle and Carlisle' tour bound for Wolverhampton
28. 70000 'Britannia' blasts north through Teignmouth with the 'Torbay
Express' for Bristol
29. 28/07: 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' and 60163 'Tornado' are seen running
through Teignmouth with the 'Tamar Devonian'
30. 27/04: 46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' is seen passing Leyland light
engine bound for Crewe
31. 22/07: 70000 'Britannia' once again blasts past Teignmouth with the
'Torbay Express' to Bristol
32. 02/09: 4464 'Bittern' races through Teignmouth for Bristol with the
Enjoy (I certainly did!) :D
Sir Nigel Gresley Steam train
Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley (19 June 1876 – 5 April 1941) was one of
Britain's most famous steam locomotive engineers, who rose to become Chief
Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).
He was the designer of some of the most famous steam locomotives in
Britain, including the LNER Class A1 and LNER Class A4 4-6-2 Pacific
engines. An A1, Flying Scotsman, was the first steam locomotive officially
recorded over 100mph in passenger service, and an A4, number 4468 Mallard,
still holds the record for being the fastest steam locomotive in the world
Gresley's engines were considered elegant, both aesthetically and
mechanically. His invention of a three-cylinder design with only two sets
of Walschaerts valve gear, the Gresley conjugated valve gear, produced
smooth running and power at lower cost than would have been achieved with a
more conventional three sets of Walschaerts gear.
Gresley was born in Edinburgh (due to his mother's ante-natal
complications), but was raised in Netherseal, Derbyshire, a member of the
cadet branch of a family long seated at Gresley, Derbyshire. After
attending school in Sussex and at Marlborough College, Gresley served his
apprenticeship at the Crewe works of the London and North Western Railway,
afterwards becoming a pupil under John Aspinall at Horwich of the
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR). After several minor appointments
with the L&YR he was made Outdoor Assistant in the Carriage and Wagon
Department in 1901; in 1902 he was appointed Assistant Works Manager at
Newton Heath depot, and Works Manager the following year.
This rapid rise in his career was maintained, for in 1904 he became
Assistant Superintendent of the Carriage and Wagon Department of the L&YR.
A year later he moved to the Great Northern Railway (GNR) as Carriage and
Wagon Superintendent. He succeeded Henry A. Ivatt as CME of the GNR on 1
October 1911. At the 1923 Grouping he was appointed CME of the newly-formed
LNER (the post had originally been offered to the ageing John G. Robinson;
Robinson declined and suggested the much younger Gresley), and in 1936 he
was awarded a knighthood by King Edward VIII and an honorary DSc by
Manchester University. During the 1930s Sir Nigel Gresley lived at
Salisbury Hall, near St. Albans in Hertfordshire. In the moat Gresley
developed an interest in breeding wild birds and ducks, intrigingly amongst
the species were Mallard ducks!  The Hall still exists today as the home
of the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre.
In 1936 Gresley designed the 1500V DC locomotives for the proposed
electrification of the Woodhead Line between Manchester and Sheffield. The
Second World War forced the postponement of the project until the 1950s.
Gresley died after a short illness on 5 April 1941 and was buried in
He was succeeded as CME by Edward Thompson.