5th & 6th July 2008
|Locos Used||steam: 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley', 60009 'Union of South Africa' & 60019 'Bittern'|
|05/07||60007||London Kings Cross - (via ECML) - York|
|05/07||60009||York - (via ECML) - Tyne Yard (2)|
|05/07||diesel||Tyne Yard - (via ECML) - Edinburgh Waverley|
|06/07||diesel||Edinburgh Waverley - (via ECML) - Tyne Yard|
|06/07||60007||Tyne Yard - (via ECML) - York|
|06/07||60019||York - (via ECML) - London Kings Cross|
(1) On day one a stopover in York allowed passengers to visit the NRM and witness the line up of the 4 A4's; to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Mallard's speed record two days earlier. This took place in pouring rain!
(2) 60009 ran as scheduled from York to Tyne Yard for a booked water stop. Whilst there the loco was found to have a hot bearing and had to be withdrawn from the train. The train continued diesel hauled to Edinburgh. On day two the train returned from Edinburgh, diesel hauled as far as Tyne Yard. 60007 had run up from York earlier, and took the train from Tyne Yard back to York. Another stopover here allowed passengers to visit the NRM again, this time to see the line up of 3 A4's. The weather was kinder on this occasion!
Source : Chris Cole
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