To celebrate the centenary of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER), steam locomotive LNER A4 No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley is set to return to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR).

The 100th anniversary of the LNER coincides with the 50th anniversary of NYMR, making this a huge year of commemoration with journeys running on 9, 10, 11, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 October and 1 November 2023. 

Passengers will be able to enjoy a return journey behind the only current operational LNER Class A4, No. 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’. Departing from Grosmont station to Pickering, visitors will travel along 18 miles of the NYMR heritage line. There are no reserved seats on these services, giving passengers the option to hop-on hop-off the train as they wish.

This unique British express engine will be appearing in its new British Railways blue livery for the first time since its overhaul was completed last year.

Built at Doncaster works, No. 4498 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ entered service in 1937 following a naming ceremony at Marylebone station on 26th November. It was the 100th Gresley Pacific built by the London and North Eastern Railway. The locomotive was mainly based at London King's Cross, with a spell at Grantham during World War II, and was briefly re-numbered as No. 7 before becoming No. 60007 when the LNER was merged into British Railways.

On 3rd June 1956 Sir Nigel Gresley had the honour of hauling the Royal Train from Kings Cross to York with H.M the Queen on board. The "Stephenson Locomotive Society Special" of the 23rd May 1959 was the first train in the UK with a booked or advertised schedule of over 100 m.p.h. and during that trip No. 60007 set the official post-war speed record for steam traction of 112 mph.

The Sir Nigel Gresley Services are included in the NYMR Unlimited Annual Pass for £45 which allows visitors to benefit from free travel for 12 months from the date of their first visit, at no extra cost. This year, kids (aged 0-15) go free, well-behaved dogs are £3 each (not allowed on seats or in First Class compartments) and Carers travel for free when accompanying a full fare paying passenger.

NYMR offers a discounted rate for groups wishing to book a group of 20 or more of £25 per person when booked in advance. A 50% deposit is required to secure a booking and final group numbers must be confirmed and the balance paid 10 days in advance of your visit. To book email [email protected] or call 01751 477700.

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