The Great Gathering 2013

A great place to visit at the moment is the National Railway Museum in York whose latest exhibit is not to be missed.

The guys there have worked hard behind the scenes for the past couple of years to repatriate (on short-term loan) two Gresley A4 locomotives in order to celebrate Mallard‘s recording breaking run when she broke the world steam record (something that she still holds) 75 years ago on 3rd July 1938 going for it at just over 126 mph!

This has meant that all six remaining A4’s (from an original total of 55) can be seen together for the first time in over 50 years.

The two A4’s repatriated are: 60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower on loan from the National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA and: 60010 Dominion of Canada on loan from the Canadian Railway Museum, Montreal, Canada.

A bonus to the day (though none was really needed) was the passing on the mainline through York station of new build steam loco, A1 60163 Tornado.

A great day out

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