Shildon and York

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Furness Railway preserved 0-4-2 engine ready for service at Shildon

My journey to York for the July 2013 Synod was arranged to fit in a brief visit to the National Railway Museum’s outpost at Shildon.

Once I’d got to York, I was able to drop in at the astonishing Mallard 75 exhibition, which brings together the 6 surviving Gresley A4 Pacific steam engines.

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National Railway Museum, York

The NRM at York is always interesting, but the crowds turned out in force to see the streamlined A4s grouped around the turntable.

Two of the 6 engines - and a crowd

Two of the 6 engines – and a crowd

Dwight D Eisenhower in BR green livery

Dwight D Eisenhower in BR green livery

Young driver in the cab

Young driver in the cab

The famous streamlined front end

The famous streamlined front end

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Bittern in LNER Garter Blue

NRM Shildon

Shildon was the home and workbase of the pioneer locomotive engineer Timothy Hackworth, a close associate of George Stephenson. It is alongside the original Stockton and Darlington Railway line about 8 miles from Stockton. The main display shed is full of glorious treasures – and it’s free!

A feast of railway kit

Shildon’s feast of railway kit

Duchess of Hamilton – LMS streamliner

Detail of glazing on Royal coach bathroom window

Detail of glazing on Royal coach bathroom window

LMS Stanier-designed 1930s workhorse and NER electric loco from before WW1

NER electric loco from before WW1 and LMS Stanier-designed 1930s steam workhorse

Famous 'Single' engine that took part in the Race to the North in the 1880s

Hardwicke – Famous ‘Single’ engine that took part in the Race to the North in the 1880s

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