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Registered offices: Lloyds Bank Chambers, Hustlergate, Bradford BD1 1UQ
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75th Anniversary Booklet.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Sir Nigel Gresley being built in November 1937 an A4 booklet about the engine was published.
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In 1937 the 100th Gresley Pacific was built by the London and North Eastern Railway, and the railway honoured her designer by giving the locomotive his name. Sir Nigel Gresley, now bearing the British Railways number 60007, was saved from scrapping in 1966 by a small group of determined men who set up the A4 Preservation Society. This became The A4 Locomotive Society Ltd and subsequently underwent a further evolution into The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Preservation Trust Ltd. (The name of the A4 Locomotive Society Ltd lives on as the subsidiary company which operates the locomotive for the Trust.)
The Trust ~ now a registered charity, registered no.1079591 ~ is dedicated to keeping the locomotive running, both on heritage railways and, as much as we can, on her natural environment the main line. She is a part of the nation's history; she is also very beautiful. You can learn from books and film, enjoy the handsomely turned out locomotives gleaming quietly in museums, but it is only when a locomotive is in steam and in action and alive that you experience her in all her glory, feel all the magic. Nothing can match the spectacle, the magnificence, of a great steam engine running at speed. This is what the Trust aims to keep alive.
Nigel Gresley celebrated its 70th Birthday during 2007. As well as the recent major overhaul
and re-entry into traffic on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 5th August 2006 (supported by a
Heritage Lottery Fund Grant) we have now completed of the overhaul to main line standards, which
involved the fitting of Air-Braking, On Train Monitoring and Recording equipment and Train
Protection Warning System.
Hard work and costly she may be, but when you see her at the head of her train, hear the cry of her chime whistle, then it all seems worthwhile. Whether operating on heritage railways or in full cry on the main line, she brings delight to many thousands.
If you would like to be associated more closely with the locomotive, now bearing the British Railways number 60007 and resplendent in BR blue livery, the Trust always welcomes new members. We publish a magazine for members four times a year, with news of the loco and plenty of photographs; articles, too, about the loco's past, and other matters of railway interest. We have a number of promotional goods the sale of which all contributes towards the maintenance of the locomotive. In addition to our AGM there are social events from time to time, which are advertised in our magazineChime. Whether you wish to get involved a lot or a little, your support will be very welcome. Click here for details.
Sir Nigel Gresley is at present based on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
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