By now I’m sure many of you have heard the exciting news of high speed steam in 2013!  A4 pacific 4464 Bittern has been given special dispensation to run at 90MPH to coincide with the 75 anniversary of classmate 4468 Mallard breaking the world steam record. 

2008 - Ropley - A4 - 60019 Bittern - works plate

On 29th June and on 27th July 2013; 4464 will make these historic high-speed runs on the East Coast Main Line.  In light of this news, today we will look at pictures in the locoyard collection of this A4 pacific, in LNER garter blue (including when running as 4492 Domnion of New Zealand) and BR Brunswick Green.