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Shildon, County Durham

6 X A4 class Locomotives."The Great Goodbye"

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To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the breaking of the world record for a steam locomotive of 125.88mph on July 3 1938 by the "Mallard" the 6 remaining locomotives were brought together and their final showing was at the National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham.
The "Mallard" the star of the show, a permanent resident at the National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham.
The queue of visitors waiting to have a few moments on the footplate of the "Mallard" at the National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham.
The " Bittern "one of the survivors of the A4 class, locomotives showing as part of the" Great Goodbye" This Locomotive achieved a speed of 93MPH in late 2013 a record for a preserved steam engine. at the National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham.
This engine is named for Sir Nigel Gresley the designer of the A4 class Locomotives. There were 35 of these built. The "Sir Nigel Gresley" was under steam on the day of our visit. Its home is with the "North York Moors Railway" seen at The National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham.
The "Union of South Africa" looking magnificent, was doing runs up and down a short length of line carrying passengers. The National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham.
In the information in the Museum itself we were informed that on the day of the Queen's Coronation in 1953 the bell on the engine "Dominion of Canada" was rung all the way from York to London in celebration. This engine is here from Canada as part of the celebrations and will now head home. The National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham.
The "Dwight D Eisenhower" on loan from National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin one of the stars at the " Great Goodbye" This locomotive and its Canadian cousin will remain at Shildon until Easter this year. The National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham
Memorabilia on sale during the "Great Goodbye" at The National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham
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The Poster for the Mallard 75 event. Our visit was on 22 February we were so pleased we made the trip. there were 120,000 visitors over the 8 days. The National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham
Young boy facinated by excellent model of the 6 x A4 locomatives. The National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham
East and West Allen valleys - Alston
Taken from the hairpin above the Cupola bridge on the A686 looking south into the East Allen Valley. Northumberland
Looking south into the valley of the West Allen. Northumberland
The road to Ninebanks as it leaves the Alston road (A686) near Parmentley Hall. Northumberland.
Wet cobbles and a view across the South Tyne valley in Alston, Cumbria.Alston is the Highest market town in England 1043 ft (318m) above sea level.
The Market Cross at Alston, Cumbria. is a grade II listed building. First erected 1764, rebuilt 1883; knocked down and re-erected in 1970 and again in 1981.
The Railway station at Alston, Cumbria. In 1852, the Alston branch of the Carlisle to Newcastle railway opened and prospered for around 120 years, carrying lead ore, coal and other minerals from the mines. The line closed in 1976, and parts of the track are now occupied by the narrow-gauge railway of the South Tynedale Railway.
Station sign at Alston station, Cumbria. The South Tynedale Railway is England's highest narrow gauge railway winding northwards from its home at Alston in Cumbria for 3.5 miles into Northumberland and the current terminus at Lintley Halt, following the route of the former Alston to Haltwhistle branch line which officially closed on 1st May 1976
Railway station, level crossing and Signal box at Alston, Cumbria.
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2014
The Duddo Stones, Bardon Mill - River South Tyne
Alwinton Border Shepherd's Show 2014(pt 2), Bothal - River Wansbeck
At the mouth if the River Tyne !, Alwinton Border Shepherd's Show 2014
Druridge Bay, Buttermere Lake District
Birdoswald, Lanercost Priory
Royal Quays Marine. North Shields, Fontburn Reservoir, evening
Nothumberland County Show Bywell two sets.
Hulne Park Alnwick, The Brizlee Tower.
Amble Marina, river Coquet, Warkworth Castle.
6 x A4 locomotives Shildon. Co. Durham, Alston Cumbria, Allen Valleys
Alnmouth Village and beach. Chollerford bridge, Temple of Mithras.
Best of 2013 , Healey Cote and Hope farm Near Rothbury