North Yorkshire Moors Railway, The Sir Nigel Gresley - Pickering to Whitby
I tried to get a head on shot of this loco bearing down on the crossing as it entered Pickering Station. Alas a bloke in a yellow jacket quoted the health and safety rule diddlyplonk and told me to move behind the painted line. So this is the "side-on"result.
Big lump of engineering though - very impressive.
Built for the LNER in 1937, and the 100th Gresley Pacific built. Her Doncaster Works number was 1863. It was originally numbered 4498. It is a 4-6-2 locomotive to the same design by Sir Nigel Gresley as the more famous Mallard.
Sir Nigel Gresley is the holder for the post-war steam record speed of 112mph gained on the 23 May 1959 and carries a plaque to that effect. As with Mallard's record. this was descending southward from Stoke Summit, but unlike Mallard's run which was a special attempt, this was with a full train of passengers returning from an excursion to Doncaster works. The excursion exceeded 100 mph on two other occasions on the same day. Unfortunately, because of a paper strike at the time, the logs of these are not as accessible as for some other workings. (Nothing changes, eh??)
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