The 100th Pacific locomotive built by the GNR / LNER to the design of Sir Nigel Gresley was named after him at a ceremony at Marylebone station in November 1937.
Always a celebratory locomotive, Sir Nigel Gresley was called on to haul a number of important VIP trains including the Royal Train from Kings Cross to York with H.M. the Queen on board in 1956. Hauling a ‘Stevenson Locomotive Society Special’ on 23rd May 1959 she set an official post-war speed record for steam of 112mph.
Sir Nigel Gresley was saved for posterity by a forerunner of the present Trust in 1966 since when she has been a regular on the mainline and heritage railways.
Following completion of the present overhaul by the Trust’s volunteers in the NRM’s York workshop, 60007 will be moving to a new base at Crewe pulling charters for Saphos Trains as well as making regular visits to heritage lines.
If you would like to know more or to get involved as a member please visit our website at www.sirnigelgresley.org.uk
Our forthcoming publication –
The Overhaul Picture by Trevor Camp
With 160 pages of stunning colour photographs, the book shows the story of the overhaul through the words and lens of Trust Photographer Trevor Camp. His original style of writing brings the images to life with dialogue and anecdotes from the team of overhaul volunteers.
The book will follow their progress throughout the project including covering milepost events. The result will be a unique insight into the human interest story behind the overhaul and make this book an enthralling read.
Published to coincide with the overhaul completion and available to pre-order from our website at www.sirnigelgresley.org.uk
£20 plus p&p