5th & 6th July 2008

Steam Dreams
The Coronation

Locos Used steam: 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley', 60009 'Union of South Africa' & 60019 'Bittern'

Route :

Date Loco Route
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

Notes :
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 Whilst there the loco was found to have a hot bearing and had to be withdrawn from the train.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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