Sir Nigel Gresley overhaul – introduction

Those recently visiting The Works at the museum will have noticed we’ve got a special guest staying with us for a while. Pacific A4 4498 / 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley is having its ten-year overhaul right here at York and will be available to view from the balcony for up to 3 years.

The locomotive is owned by the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust and the overhaul is being co-ordinated by locomotive engineer Darrin Crone with the help of a number of passionate volunteers. Listen to John Wilkinson – Deputy Chairman of the Trust – as he gives a brief overview of the overhaul:

Despite being in the early stages the team report progress is very good and the Trust’s intention is that following the overhaul the locomotive will once again operate on mainline railtours and heritage railways throughout the UK.

We’ll publish regular updates of progress throughout the overhaul on this blog – feel free to post any of your own photos to our Facebook page if you notice the team doing anything interesting while you watch from the Works balcony.

Members of the SNGLT (Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust) in our works balcony the day the locomotive arrived in The Works.

Members of the SNGLT (Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust) on our works balcony the day the locomotive arrived.

John Wilkinson (left) and Darrin Crone stand proudly on The Works floor in front of the loco.

John Wilkinson (left) and Darrin Crone (engineer) stand proudly on The Works floor in front of the loco.

Did you know?

  • The loco has operated continually from August 1943 through to the present day. It is one of only six A4’s remaining in the world and the only one that is owned and operated by members of a charitable Trust. Find out more about the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust (SNGLT).
  • Sir Nigel Gresley holds the post-war speed record for steam traction – it was clocked doing 112 mph in 1959.
  • Sir Nigel Gresley’s current tender was Flying Scotsman’s tender between 1929 and 1936.
  • When SNGLT bought the engine off British Railways in 1966, it had a full overhaul and obtained the wheels from sister A4 ‘Miles Beevor’ in addition to the boiler of 60016 ‘Silver King.
  • Read more about Sir Nigel Gresley the locomotive engineer.

See the overhaul as it happens by visiting The Works during your visit.

 

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About Dan Clarkson

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