Visited York Rail Museum (which is the largest Rail Museum in the world) last week when for the first time
ALL 6 - 35-A4 LOCOMOTIVES have come together ,which include:
BITTERN - 4464, MALLARD - 4468, DOMINION of CANADA - 4489, SIR NIGEL GRESLEY -60007, DWIGHT D.EISENHOWER - 60008, UNION of SOUTH AFRICA - 60009
Dwight D Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada from their home museums in Canada and USA temporarily repatriated for the celebrations in York.
As you may know the MALLARD - 4468, holds the 'STEAM LOCOMOTIVE WORLD SPEED RECORD' of 126mph, which on the 3rd July 1938, raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set that record, This still stands up to today, and when you consider she was running on old rail tracks way back in 1938, and we still have not beaten this record in 2013, and we have all new ultrafast seamless rails and modern trains, incredible!
Got there very early with a friend John, to beat the crowds, and as expected it was very, very busy with camera's clicking from all angles, it was hard to get some great one time Photo's.
It was as usual free entry. though they were trying to collect donations to keep this great Museum alive.
I did consider the Rail Museum did MISS OUT on a money spinner by NOT producing a brochure on the 6 - A4 Locomotives, as it seemed like me many there were many asking for a brochure on them, though they did have a brochure illustrating the MALLARD. But they may in time produce one just on the six, with their journeys made to get hem all together in pristine condition.
However it was a great day, and the museum staff were great and still able to be happy and friendly, it must have been a hard two weeks for them with so many visitors from all over the world want to get a glimpse of these master pieces.
If you missed this chance, there is another when the Mallard and her 5 sisters come together on 26th October till the 8th November 2013 in York Museum, though the UNION of SOUTH AFRICA, may not be there.
The VERY LAST chance to see these 6 Great Locomotives will be at Shildon, near County Durham DL4 1PQ, on 15-23 February 2014
When they will say goodbye as they will all return to their native lands and their home museums and operations, entry will still be FREE!
The York Museum did not only show these 6 great Locomotives, there were many other trains, Coaches and wagons with Model railways, and a section of the Royal trains to see.
For us it was a great day out and well worth a visit, will defiantly go back again and again.
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