Steam Train Excursions and Visitors (continued...)
Another occasional treat is a visit by the graceful (and fast!) Gresley A4 Pacific locomotives built for the East Coast main line trains between London and Edinburgh. "Mallard", world record holder as the fastest steam locomotive, is in a museum at York but fully restored sister locomotives do reach here.
The magnificently presented "Sir Nigel Gresley" graced us with its presence in June 2023 in its striking BR Blue livery, finished earlier in the year after running in black livery in 2022 following a major overhaul.
Appearing on a dull day in 2004 was "Union of South Africa"...
and "Bittern" (with its original number and full streamlining over the cylinders and valve gear) has also visited.
The restored ex-LMS locomotive "Royal Scot" was a new visitor, appearing in 2016 and 2017.
Classic restored steam locomotives have long visited the village - these archive photographs of the "Flying Scotsman" were taken in 1973.