'THE GREAT BRITAIN IV'

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'THE GREAT BRITAIN IV'

Postby 34053 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:14 pm

This year's 'Round Britain' Steam Excursion takes place on the following dates:

- Sat 16th April (Day 1 of 9): London Kings Cross-York-Edinburgh

- Sun 17th April (Day 2 of 9): Edinburgh-Aberdeen-Inverness

- Mon 18th April (Day 3 of 9): Wick to Inverness

- Tue 19th April (Day 4 of 9): Inverness-Kyle-Inverness

- Wed 20th April (Day 5 of 9): Inverness-Glasgow

- Thu 21st April (Day 6 of 9): Glasgow-Dumfries-Carlisle-Preston

- Fri 22nd April (Day 7 of 9): Preston-Crewe-Shrewsbury-Bristol

- Sat 23rd April (Day 8 of 9): Bristol-Penzance (Diesel: Penzance-Bristol)

- Sun 24th April (Day 9 of 9): Bristol-London Paddington

For details of the Scheduled Locomotives and Timings/Routes, etc. click on the link below and scroll down to the particular date(s):

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/trs11.htm

This could be the very last time that 'THE GREAT BRITAIN' takes place. So try and see some of the runs if you can.

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Re: 'THE GREAT BRITAIN IV'

Postby Xplumberlives » Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:57 pm

Have you booked seats for yourself and M.W? ;)
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Re: 'THE GREAT BRITAIN IV'

Postby 34053 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:01 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:Have you booked seats for yourself and M.W? ;)


If only! I was very tempted, but was unable to fit it in with my 'busy schedule'. It's not cheap, but well worth every penny!

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Re: 'THE GREAT BRITAIN IV'

Postby 350wedge » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:39 pm

Those travelling will have a bit of a shock if they dont know one of the A4's has developed a dual identity ;)
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Re: 'THE GREAT BRITAIN IV'

Postby 34053 » Mon May 09, 2011 4:58 pm

350wedge wrote:Those travelling will have a bit of a shock if they dont know one of the A4's has developed a dual identity ;)


Yes, it can now be revealed that the Locomotive hauling the first leg of 'GBIV', from Kings Cross to Newcastle was:

A4 Class 'Pacific' 4492 (60013) 'Dominion of New Zealand'. However, this Locomotive was actually A4 Class 'Pacific' 4489 (60019) 'Bittern', repainted in magnificent 'Garter Blue', renumbered and renamed for the occasion. There are some superb pictures of '4492' in the latest issue (No 388, pages 6 and 7) of STEAM Railway Magazine.

Here's a clip from YouTube, at King's Cross:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7kdfkDl ... re=related

At Newcastle, another of Sir Nigel Gresley's masterpieces took over for the run to Edinburgh Waverley Station: A4 Class Pacific 4498 (60007) 'Sir Nigel Gresley'.

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Edit 1: Corrections , plus YouTube clip added.
Edit 2: BR No added (60013)
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Re: 'THE GREAT BRITAIN IV'

Postby Dan4th » Mon May 09, 2011 5:34 pm

Great Vid, Ray!

That Loco looks almost like a Spaceship!

Lovely outer form to it!

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Re: 'THE GREAT BRITAIN IV'

Postby 34053 » Mon May 09, 2011 8:13 pm

Dan4th wrote:Great Vid, Ray!

That Loco looks almost like a Spaceship!

Lovely outer form to it!

Danf.


Thank you Dan. Yes, the Gresley 'A4' Pacifics are beautiful, aren't they? You probably already know, but one of these, 4468 'Mallard' holds the official Steam Locomotive World Speed Record of 126 mph, set in 1938. 'Mallard' is on static display in our National Railway Museum. ('Mallard' was moved recently from NRM York to NRM Shildon, to allow for redevelopment of 'The Great Hall'. However, I hear that this work has now been 'abandoned').
Also, you of course have 'A4' Pacific 4496 'Dwight D Eisenhower' on static display in your National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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