Sir Nigel Gresley, Newcastle Central station, Gresley, Newcastle, Carlisle
Wowing the platform crowd at Newcastle Central station is Gresley streamlined A4 pacific No. 4498 named after the great man himself, in honour of it being the 100th LNER pacific built at Doncaster, outshopped in 1937. Familiar enough on Tyneside during its working life, Sir Nigel Gresley was back to work the Steam Safari charter from London to Newcastle and Carlisle, on June 18, 1972, the first East Coast Mainline steam rail tour in five years. In 1959 Sir Nigel Gresley gained the post-war steam speed record of 112mph achieved, like classmate Mallard, on Stoke Bank, near Grantham. *** Local Caption *** One of Britain's fastest steam locomotive's the Sir Nigel Gresley stops at Newcastle Central Station during the trains 600-mile round trip from London via Carlisle and Newcastle, the first British Rail tour for five years.18/06/72
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