Bittern at 90mph - High Speed Steam Train
As part of the 75th anniversary of Mallard's record breaking 126mph run in 1938, sister A4 4464 Bittern was temporarily permitted to exceed from 75mph to 90mph (144.84 km/h) on the mainline. This was to be a rare look at steam running at higher speeds since the 1960's, following recent high speed test runs. On June 29th Bittern hauled a London-York special "The Ebor Streak" which ran along the A4's native racing ground the East Coast Mainline. The A4 is first seen at Langford in Bedfordshire running like a Greyhound at 90mph! After a high octane pursuit on the A1 carriageway, the next location is what better place to see an LNER A4 would be Doncaster. Ending on a high note, the A4 whistles and echoes past Doncaster Works where she, Mallard, Flying Scotsman and all other LNER locos were built. With special thanks to Locomotive Services Ltd, DBS and Network Rail for this miracle to happen. If you all thought 75mph was fast enough, think again! Seeing steam running at 90mph is a completely unmissable event and is worth the distance and cost to film! These shots are now featured in the DVD documentary film "BITTERN: The Need for Speed" as part of the "MALLARD 75" celebrations. Which includes an in depth look at the preparations and build up to the main events in May/June to December, along with interviews with the crews & officals at this historic event in railway preservation history. See http://www.ovpsteam.co.uk/25.html for more details. © Ryan Skinner, GreatWesternMGM
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, County Durham. 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 holder, "Mallard". 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'.
A4 LNER Line up at York all whistling with 60009 on mainline
Ben Collier's video sequence of 'The line up' at York Railway Museum on Saturday 05.07.08 (costing £32.50 per person to attend) of '4' A4's after 60007 had just arrived from London with it's train and later 60009 was to head north from York to Edinburgh with the train but unfortunately it failed at Tyne Yard before Newcastle and had to carry on diesel hauled before 60007 was to be sent up Sunday morning light engine to join the diesel hauled train for the return at Tyne Yard. This is the first time for years and years that all the A4's lined up and the first time Mallard has emerged out the museum for over 20 years. Witness them all whistling as 60009 works past them on the mainline as it heads north. Of course the legendary Mallard in the foreground wasn't whistling but the spectacle was defining and spine tingling Chime Whistles galore! Saturday 05.07.08
A4 PACIFIC - TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN`S IF YOU GET TO CLOSE TO A A4 PACIFIC WHEN IT IS OPENING IT`S VALVE`S. IT FELT GREAT .. BUT I DID`NT CAPTURE MUCH !!!