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'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby 34053 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:12 pm

Arrangements are nearly complete for a special celebration of the 75th Anniversary next year of the speed record breaking run of 126.5 mph, by LNER 'A4 Pacific' 4468 (60022) 'Mallard', on 3rd July 1938 (down Stoke Bank, near Grantham). Discussions have been taking place to temporarily 'repatriate' the two A4's which were transported to the USA and Canada, following withdrawal in the 1960's. These are:

4496 (60008) 'Dwight D Eisenhower' (withdrawn July 1963); on static display at the National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
4489 (60010) 'Dominion Of Canada' (withdrawn May 1965); on static display at the 'Exporail' Museum, in Quebec.

The plan is to move both Locomotives by rail to Halifax, Nova Scotia for shipping across the Atlantic to 'Blighty'.

Following some 'cosmetic' Restoration Work,the National Railway Museum in York will then be able to have a 'line-up' of all of the six surviving Gresley A4's - the three mentioned above, plus our 'resident' Main Line registered Locomotives:

4498 (60007) 'Sir Nigel Gresley'.
4488 (60009) 'Union Of South Africa'.
4464 (60019) 'Bittern'.

Other venues are also being considered.

Should be quite a sight!!!!

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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby Xplumberlives » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:20 pm

Thanks for the HEADS UP Ray, that would be an impressive collection! ;)
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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby 34053 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:25 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:Thanks for the HEADS UP Ray, that would be an impressive collection! ;)


Indeed! As plans stand at the moment, 60008 should be available from the National Railroad Museum 'from mid-July' and 60010 'in early August' from 'Exporail', with the move of both Locomotives to the UK in the Autumn of 2012. :)

Here's some info' on each of these Gresley 'A4 Pacifics':

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Class ... Eisenhower

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Class ... _of_Canada

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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby 34053 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:54 pm

Unfortunately, the planned departure of the Locomotives from Halifax, Nova Scotia was delayed by 'Customs paperwork' problems 'by the shipping agents in America'. However, they finally left the Canadian port on the morning of 6th September, aboard the container ship 'Atlantic Conveyor', for the 2,500 plus miles transatlantic voyage to Liverpool. They arrived on 3rd October, but this was too late for them to be prepared, ready for the originally planned display at Shildon (NRM) from the weekend of 6th/7th October. However, 60008 and 60010 will still only be at Shildon until the weekend of 20th/21st October. They will then be 'cosmetically restored' ready for the line-up of all six remaining A4's, next July, in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the record breaking run by 'Mallard'.

'Dwight D Eisenhower' and 'Dominion of Canada' are due to return to North America in early 2014. So, try and see them while you can!

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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby 34053 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:59 pm

Here is the latest on the 6 x 'A4' line up at the National Railway Museum (NRM):-

For the first time in over 60 years, six LNER A4 'Steaks' wil be together around the turntable of the Great Hall at the NRM York. The display will open on 3rd July (exactly 75 years to the day that 'Mallard' broke the World Speed Record for Steam Traction, when she reached 126 mph on Stoke Bank). The Locomotives will be on display there until 17th July. There will be 'no charge' to see this event, during the Museum's normal opening hours.

There will also be a 'Great Gathering' of all of these six surviving 'A4's at the NRM 'outpost' at Shildon, in February 2014. Further events in the 'Mallard 75' programme are 'still to be announced'.

60008 'Dwight D Eisenhower' and 60010 'Dominion of Canada' will return to their respective 'homes', across the Atlantic Ocean, in Spring/early Summer 2014.

This literally is a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity, probably never to be repeated. So, get your cameras and make the trip to one (or more) of the 'Mallard 75' events. You will not be disappointed!

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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby Mackrick » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:04 pm

:-? Feb 14 in the calendar \:D/
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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:53 am

Thanks for the update Ray, keep us posted! :ymapplause:
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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby 34053 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:27 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:Thanks for the update Ray, keep us posted! :ymapplause:


Will do.

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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby 350wedge » Thu May 09, 2013 8:55 pm

I'm going up to this on 3rd July, the anniversary of Mallards record breaking run :)

I shall be travelling behind Tornado there and back :)

Cant wait \:D/
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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby Mackrick » Fri May 10, 2013 7:00 pm

Please dont forgetvthe camera.....Loads of photos please :D
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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby Avro683 » Fri May 10, 2013 10:21 pm

New vides up on youtube of Dominion of Canada she looks stunning!!
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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby 34053 » Sun May 12, 2013 1:02 pm

350wedge wrote:I'm going up to this on 3rd July, the anniversary of Mallards record breaking run :)

I shall be travelling behind Tornado there and back :)

Cant wait \:D/


I am very envious. Enjoy ;)

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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby Bovril » Sun May 12, 2013 3:40 pm

went to York, 3 already at York, and watch Sir Nigel, running :) pity Mallard will never run again :(
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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby 34053 » Mon May 13, 2013 2:43 pm

In addition to the plans aleady in place for the remaining six 'A4's' to be on display, around the turntable of the Great Hall at the NRM York (see above) there are other, 'action' activities in the final stages of planning, to celebrate 'Mallard 75':

How does an 'A4' travelling on the Main Line at up to 90mph grab you!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, believe it or not, Network Rail (and all the other parties involved) have done the checks and given the 'go ahead', subject to the outcome of a (night time) Trial Run.
- Then, all being well, the first of three runs will take place on June 29th, from London Kings Cross to York (and return, diesel hauled). Final pathings are yet to be decided/agreed, but there is the potential for 'up to 66 miles of high speed running'.
- The second run will be on July 19th, Diesel hauled: (joining stations) Bristol Temple Meads to York (and return); Steam hauled: York-Newcastle (and return), with 'up to 84 miles of high speed running'.
- The third (and final) run will be on July 27th, London Kings Cross-York, diesel hauled (and return, Steam hauled), with 'up to another 84 miles of high speed running'.

The Locomotive, for each of the runs, will be 4464 'Bittern'

The co-operation of all parties has been magnificent, with an encouraging 'can do' attitude on all sides. This will be a one off and covered by a 'Temporary Non-Compliance' (for one month) to overcome the maximum 75 mph speed limit on the Main line for Steam.

Do you want to be behind 'Bittern' on any/all of those days? The Promoter of the trains on June 29th and July 27th is 'Locomotive Services Ltd'; for the train on July 19th, the Promoter is 'Pathfinder Tours'.
However, ALL Bookings are through 'Pathfinder Tours':
Tel No 01453 835414 or 01453 834477

For convenience, here is the direct website link to each Tour:
June 29th:
http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index. ... steam.html

July 19th:
http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index. ... steam.html

July 27th:
http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index. ... steam.html

Now's the time 'to be a part of History', if you can! Book your seat(s) now!

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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby Mayfly » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:55 pm

Mallard is do a 2 day event in September to celebrate the 75 anniversary of breaking the speed run.

No further details as yet but they did say there would be an interview shortly from Grantham Station.

Must get myself to York to see with her sisters.

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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby Mackrick » Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:32 pm

I wish I had the time :(
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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby 34053 » Sat May 31, 2014 5:19 pm

Just to let you know that, despite efforts to try and keep these two, Doncaster built, LNER 'A4' Pacifics in good old 'Blighty' [having been magnificently (cosmetically) Restored from their rather unloved and dilapidated state, by the NRM] they have both now been returned to North America and Canada, respectively. The 'roll on/roll off' Container Ship 'Atlantic Concert' docked at the Canadian Port in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 11, after an 8 Day, 2,700 mile voyage from Liverpool. Both were then moved by rail to 'Exporail', the Canadian Railway Museum in Montreal, home for 'Dominion of Canada'. 'Dwight D Eisenhower' then faced an onward 3 week rail journey to its home at the American National Railway Museum at Green Bay, Wisconsin .

They had both arrived, in the UK, in October 2012 after more than 45 years since they were 'given away' by British Railways, to take part in the various 'Mallard 75' Celebrations. Offers were made, from separate sources, for each of these Locomotives, in an effort to keep them in the UK, but both were refused. It is only to be hoped that the respective Museums now look after them to keep them in their current, absolutely pristine condition.

For those of you who missed the 'Mallard 75' Celebrations (which includes me!) here is a link to the NRM website which gives a 'retrospective' record, in pictures, of the preparation work and the Events themselves, for this unique and 'never again to be repeated', phenomenon:

http://www.nrm.org.uk/mallard75

Enjoy!

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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby Dougs » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:46 am

Wow I don't like the look of that type of loco but you have to say they looked good together :)
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Re: 'Dwight D Eisenhower' & 'Dominion of Canada'

Postby 34053 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:27 am

Dougs wrote:Wow I don't like the look of that type of loco but you have to say they looked good together :)


Yes Dougs, they are a bit of a 'Marmite' type of Locomotive. But to those who love 'em, they are Gresley's 'Masterpieces' and were certainly designed and built 'for speed'.

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