Ex LNER Gresley 4-6-2 Class A4 Pacific locomotive
Heritage & Preserved Steam Locomotive Engines
60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY worked express passenger trains on the East Coast mainline, and has been allocated to the locomotive depots ('sheds') at Kings Cross, Grantham, New England, St Margaret's shed in Edinburgh and finally Aberdeen. 60007 is the holder of the post-war steam record speed of 112 miles per hour (180 km/h) achieved on 23rd May 1959 and carries a plaque to that effect. Like Mallard's earlier world record, this was done descending south down Stoke Summit. 60007 was withdrawn from service by British Railways in 1966 and was rescued from the scrap heap by the A4 Locomotive Society and is owned by Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Preservation Trust Ltd. and operated by the A4 Locomotive Society Ltd. on behalf of the Trust and currently (2015) lives on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at their Grosmont depot and workshops.
60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY standing in Grosmont Shed yard looking magnificent after a repaint in April 2012. This LNER Class A4 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive was the 100th Pacific built by the LNER at the famous Doncaster 'Plant' works in 1937 (Doncaster Plant works number 1863 and LNER no. 4498) and was named after its designer, Sir Nigel Gresley, one of the most famous and successful locomotive designers from Great Britain. 60007 holds the post war speed record for a steam locomotive of 112 mph. Although (in 2012) it is 75 years old, it is no museum piece, and still regularly works mainline steam excursions at speeds of upto 75 mph as well as its fair share of work on the NYMR.
Technical detail specifications of locomotive 60007/4498: Boiler pressure of 60007/4498: 250 superheated lbf/sq.in., Weight of 60007/4498: loco 102.3 tons, tender 64.2 tons, Wheel diameter of 60007/4498: 3' 2'', 6' 8", 3' 8", Valve gear of 60007/4498: Walschaerts with derived motion for inside cylinder, piston valves, Cylinders (diameter x stroke) of 60007/4498: 18½" x 26" (3), Tractive effort of 60007/4498: lbf., BR Power classification of 60007/4498: Class 8P, Route availability RA 9
Wartime Weekend 2010: A4 Pacific 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY about to move out from Grosmont depot.
60007 started life on the LNER in 1937 in the standard LNER garter blue of the Gresley A4 Pacifics but was repainted into wartime black with LNER markings in February 1942 during World War II. After the war, SIR NIGEL GRESLEY regained the LNER garter blue livery. Later, in 1952, 60007 was painted in British Railways brunswick green livery but as a preserved locomotive, 60007 is back in garter blue.
60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY climbing up past Green bank
A4 Pacific 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY departs from Goathland with a train for Pickering at the NYMR Autumn Steam Gala 2014
The wheels, link motion and valve gear of 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY at Grosmont Depot (NYMR, July 2015)
A4 Pacific 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY having just arrived in Pickering station (with its new roof) on the NYMR.
60007 was originally built with a single chimney and side valances covering the wheels, but the valances were removed to for more convenient maintenance and in 1957 60007 was fitted with a double chimney and Kylchap double blastpipe exhaust system.
60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY leaving Grosmont with a steam train for Pickering in the May 2009 Spring Steam Gala event - looks wonderful in the scenic rural setting of the Esk valley and below hauling a train of the restored LNER wooden carriages.
A4 4-6-2 pacific 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY about to enter Grosmont Tunnel
60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY climbing up past Darnholm to Goathland Station.
60007 climbing out of Newtondale looking a like a model train in the landscape in the early autumn.
Blue liveried 60007 "SIR NIGEL GRESLEY", built at the famous Doncaster Plant Works in 1937.
60007 leaving Grosmont with a train for Pickering.
60007 waiting at Grosmont station with a train for Pickering.
Looking like a model train, A4 Pacific 60007 heads north from Newtondale Halt with a Pickering-Grosmont train.
A4 Pacific 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY climbs into Goathland with a Grosmont Pickering train
60007 coming into Levisham station with a Grosmont-Pickering train.
60007 waiting to leave from Goathland station with a Grosmont-Pickering train.
A4 Pacific 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY leaves with a train for Pickering.
Poetry in motion!
60007 entering Levisham station and heading through woodland for Pickering Town.
Above and below: 60007 arrives at Pickering Town station.
60007 turning round at Pickering to haul the train back to Grosmont.
60007 leaving Grosmont with a train for Pickering.
60007 leaving Grosmont with a train for Pickering
60007 taking on coal and water at Grosmont sheds.
60007 entering Levisham Station
60007 leaving Levisham for Pickering
60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY at Grosmont on the NYMR
60007 between Castleton Moor and Commondale stations with special excursion up the Esk Valley Line to Battersby.
60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY hauling the restored LNER wooden carriages at Green Bank on the NYMR.
Coaling up, greasing-oiling-polishing! 60007 being prepared in the early morning at Grosmont shed.
Ex BR/LNER A4 4-6-2 Pacific 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY climbing up to Goathland on the incline at Green End , one of the famous 'Gresley Pacifics' that pulled the express passenger trains on the East Coast mainline from England's London Kings Cross station to Scotland's Edinburgh Waverley station.
60007 + 80116 (really 80072!) double header entering Goathland Station with a train from Pickering.
60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY entering Levisham Station
60007 leaving Levisham with a south-bound train for Pickering
60007 and 75029 waiting at the start of the day at Grosmont station.
NYMR Autumn Steam Gala 2012: A4 Pacific 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY entering Grosmont Station with a train from Pickering (North Yorkshire Moors Railway)
... and here 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY is acting as the banker!
A sequence of three pictures as 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY climbs out of Eskdale on the NYMR
60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY entering a busy Goathland station with a Pickering - Grosmont train on the NYMR
A4 Pacific 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY passing Grosmont Shed at the NYMR Autumn Steam Gala 2014
"THE GREAT GATHERING" in York NRM in July 2013 of the six surviving Gresley Class A4 pacific locomotives that once worked the express passenger trains on the East Coast Mainline from London King's Cross to Edinburgh.
The blue A4 Pacific 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY in Black and White
(6) 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY at another great gathering of the six surviving Gresley A4 Pacifics at Shildon in Feb 2014.
Steam locomotive 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY in for repair in the workshops of York NRM in November 2015
A very dismantled 60007 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY in York NRM workshops for a major overhaul and restoration in March 2016.
You can clearly see the tapered front end of the boiler to accommodate the streamlined casing.
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