77 Years Young

Today is the 77th birthday of the fastest steam engine run in preservation, LNER A4 pacific 4464 Bittern.  Last year, the birthday girl was given special dispensation to run 3 railtours at 90mph to celebrate the 75th anniversary of 4468 Mallard’s 126mph speed record, as captured by the UK Heritage Hub video below. Advertisements

Speedy Streak – Bittern At 90

As you read this, for the first time in at least 45 years, all 6 remaining LNER A4 pacific’s are on the same depot, and fittingly, that is York, 50A, now the home of the National Railway Museum. 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ arrived last Monday from its home base of Grosmont on the NYMR, joining…

Epilogue – The Steam Engine Strikes Back

The previous post in this series described how the ball started rolling in my interest in steam resurfacing again.  My wife-to be and I went on frequent fantastic adventures around the country that often resulted in visiting a steam railway or two.  Not surprisingly the steam interest started to gain some momentum! These brief forays…