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  September 2013
Steaming Hot
Yorkshire Heritage Rail in The Heatwave

The Great Gathering York Railway Museum

Great Gathering
It's 75 years since Mallard broke the world steam speed record and to commemorate the event the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York has decided to put the last six remaining A4  Pacific class steam locomotives on display together.   During the summer for two weeks in July the public could see the spectacular sight of all six locomotives around the turntable in the main hall in the NRM.   The Pacifics will be on display again in October with a farewell send-off scheduled for February 2014.  There were record numbers of visitors to the museum to see the line-up with the lucky few able to get an unobstructed view during photography events first thing in the morning.   For everyone else it was sheer chaos.


  • 35 A4 Pacifics were built in the 1930s
  • Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for the LNER
  • Operated on the East Coast Main Line between London, Newcastle and Scotland
  • Withdrawn in the 1960s
  • Six remain in existence
  • Dominion of Canada and Dwight D. Eisenhower were repatriated on loan from North America and restored for the Great Gathering
  • Mallard holds the world record for the fastest steam locomotive set in 1938

North Bay Railway Scarborough

No visit to Yorkshire would be complete without a journey to Scarborough.   It has many attractions to amuse visitors including the North Bay Railway, situated opposite the majestic Peasholm Park.   They may look like steam locomotives but they are in fact diesel versions dating from the early 1930s.   The miniature railway runs to Scalby Mills and follows the coast for most of the route.   There are four locomotives including Neptune (above left) and Poseidon (above right).

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
The Railway Children

    Keighley and Worth Railway is well known as the setting for the film of The Railway Children.   Several informative websites offer guidance for visitors about how to see many of the locations used in the film.  One of the most recognisable places is Oakworth Station (below) where the local station master still shuts the level crossing gates manually as per the film (2nd below).   Alot of the other locations can be found in the village of Haworth (3rd below) which also hosts the Bronte trail so it can get busy with tourists.   Many of the train passengers are doing the tour so don't forget your guides.  
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Scarborough Posters 
There is a small collection of Railway Posters on display at the National Railway Museum in York.   Amongst the classics is a spectacular one from 1930 for LNER, encouraging people to visit Scarborough.

Even today, over 80 years later, speedboats offer trips to tourists who want the thrill of whizzing round South Bay.



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