|"Teddy" With Her Coach & Brakevan|
As well as "Teddy", I particularly enjoyed seeing the 0-4-2 "Gladstone", which carries a beautiful LBSC livery. From Station Hall we continued through the subway under Leemans Road to the Great Hall. The impressive size of this building is the first thing to hit you as you enter. The engines stand proudly around the working turntable, with others stored to one side on other spur sidings. The A4 "Mallard" (recently repainted) stands proudly on her road, looking as impressive as the day she was built. This beautiful pacific reached the highest speed yet achieved by any steam locomotive in the world: 126mph, back in July 1938. The A4s were a 35-strong class of 3-cylinder pacifics designed by Sir Nigel Gresley of the LNER. Of the 35 sisters, 6 remain in preservation. "Bittern", "Union", "Mallard" and "Sir Nigel Gresley" remained on home soil, whilst the other two (60008 & 60010) went to the USA. However, happily, in 2012, the pair have returned to their UK roots, in a massive movement organised by the NRM. 60010 "Dominion of Canada" is currently at the NRM Shildon whilst a dusty 60008 "Dwight D Eisenhower" stood not far from "Mallard" in the Great Hall today. Her tender has been repainted but her streamlined casing still carries the livery applied by BR before she left for the US. I am glad they were brought back, if only for a photograph. However, it does seem a shame that with all that money spent the two A4s will still be going back to the US again, within 2 years.
|60008 With Its Rods Painted A Horrid Grey|
From the Warehouse we climbed the ramp through th Flying Scotsman Story, reading about her tragic trip to the USA and the slightly better trip to Australia. Leaving this exhibition we took the stairs up to the York Station viewing platform and through the signalling display area. We then passed through the Works where we spotted the ill-fated "Flying Scotsman" (see next post) and "Olton Hall" before reaching the Great Hall again.
We did seem to whip around the NRM very quickly but then again we have visited many times. It is huge, and the locomotives on display are immaculately kept. The museum is a real gem, and is worth a visit from anybody. I love it here, I really do. If you haven't been up there then get up to York and have a look around...its FREE...what more do you want?! Cheers guys. Sam.