The collecting together of the six existing A4s at the National Railway Museum in York was a ‘must see’.
I was able to visit on the 10th July just a few days after the exhibition opened and I have never seen the NRM so busy – when I left there was a queue of several hundred people waiting to get in.
Four of the locomotives – “Sir Nigel Gresley”, “Dominion of Canada”, “Bittern” and “Mallard” were repainted in Garter Blue and looked magnificent. “Union of South Africa” and “Dwight D. Eisenhower” were in BR Green but still looked good, though I did prefer the blue.
“Dwight D. Eisenhower” had been brought back from a museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin and “Dominion of Canada” from Exporail in Montreal. By chance I had seen “Dominion of Canada” there in 2011 and as can be seen from the photograph was badly in need of some tlc. I had also seen “Dwight D Eisenhower” in Green Bay the year previous to that but it was looking better except for the rather Americanised painted motion!
Andrew Allardyce (Secretary) EMRC