LNER A4 4-6-2 No. 60007 “Sir Nigel Gresley

No. 4498 was the 100th Gresley Pacific built by the Great Northern Railway / London and North Eastern Railway. The locomotive was built at Doncaster, works No. 1863, entering service in 1937 following a naming ceremony at Marylebone Station on 26th November. The locomotive was mainly based at London King’s Cross with a spell at Grantham during World War II. The locomotive was briefly re-numbered as No. 7 before becoming 60007 when the LNER was merged into British Railways. The ‘Stevenson Locomotive Society Special’ on the 23rd May 1959 was the first train in the UK with a booked or advertised schedule of over 100mph and on that trip 60007 set the official post-war speed record for steam traction of 112 mph. In 1963 the locomotive moved to Scotland and was used on express services between Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Sir Nigel Gresley is owned and preserved by the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust Ltd.

The ‘boiler ticket’ on Sir Nigel has expired and the locomotive was withdrawn from service in September. The overhaul is well underway in public view at National Railway Museum, York.