Steam locomotive 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley returns to mainline passenger service

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Return to Steam after 1m overhaul complete

LNER A4 No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley returned to mainline traffic on the 21st May 2022 after having a overhaul priced at £1m.

A special rail tour for members of the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust was arranged on the 21st May 2022 in order to mark the completion of the overhaul which first started in 2015. The loco ran between Crewe and Carlisle the same railtour it had done 55 years earlier in 1967 just before the ban of privately owned steam locomotive on British Rail was introduced.

The tour was made possible thanks to an agreement between Locomotive Services Group, Saphos Trains and the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust.

Included in the guest list was Ben Godfrey, grandson of Sir Nigel Gresley, who designed the LNER pacifics, including Mallard, Flying Scotsman and Sir Nigel Gresley.

Last month 60007 attended the Seven Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala along side GWR Saint 2999 Lady of Legend and Terrioer 2678. At the time the overhaul was nearing final completion. A ceremony was haled at Kidderminster station to mark the occasion.

(L to R): Robert Riddick (SNGLT Vice-President, son of Julian Riddick), Richard Swales (SNGLT Chief Mechanical Engineer), Ian Walker (Fireman 2022), Mike Wylie (Driver 2022), Les Jackson (Fireman October 1967), Andi Heald (SNGLT support crew, son of Philip Heald), Sean Levell (Footplate Inspector 2022), Neil Cadman (Fireman April & October 1967)
(L to R): Robert Riddick (SNGLT Vice-President, son of Julian Riddick), Richard Swales (SNGLT Chief Mechanical Engineer), Ian Walker (Fireman 2022), Mike Wylie (Driver 2022), Les Jackson (Fireman October 1967), Andi Heald (SNGLT support crew, son of Philip Heald), Sean Levell (Footplate Inspector 2022), Neil Cadman (Fireman April & October 1967) // Credit: Nigel Wilson / SNGLT

Chairman of The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust Nigel Wilson, said, ”The trip was a very special day for all our members but was only possible thanks to the tremendous efforts of our essentially volunteer engineering team. This overhaul is probably the most thorough the locomotive has ever had so my thanks to all involved. The recreation of the 1967 tours was made possible by our co-operation with Locomotive Services Ltd and Saphos Trains so we really appreciate the work they have put in to make the trip happen.”

60007 is to join the LSL pool of locomotives at Crewe, and is set to visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for their Autumn Steam Gala.

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