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Sir Nigel Gresley 1876-1941

Sir Nigel Gresley
Reproduction Nameplate on display in Station Buffet.

Sir Nigel Gresley was one of the leading British locomotive designers of the age of steam.
A mechanical engineer, he also had imagination to innovate.

He first made his mark designing carriages for the Great Northern Railway.
His designs were stylish and modern, and when in 1911 the post of Locomotive Superintendent fell vacant Gresley, though still quite young for so senior a post, was appointed. He was now in charge of the running, repair and maintenance of all of the railway’s locomotives and rolling stock, and of all new design. He produced a range of successful, modern locomotives. The most impressive was the massive, graceful ‘Pacific’ which was unveiled in 1922. Gresley.
On 1st January 1923 the Great Northern Railway was merged with several others to form the London and North Eastern Railway.
Gresley was appointed its Chief Mechanical Engineer, the post he held until his death in 1941.

He designed railway vehicles of all kinds and functions, but it was his Pacifics above all which made his reputation.
The first entered service in 1922; over the next 13 years he refined the design, which reached its peak with the streamlined ‘A4’s the Mallard No. 60022 still holds the unbroken speed record for steam at 126mph, while descending Stoke Bank on the LNER main line on the 3rd July 1938.

Gresley’s Pacifics were always crowd-pullers; big, fast, elegant, they caught the public’s eye and the attention of the media.
There were other spectacular designs too, such as the puissant P2 ‘Mikados’, built for speed and power over the demanding main lines of Scotland.
In addition, Gresley was active in the engineering institutions, he served on government committees, he undertook consultancy work for the government.
By the early 1930s he was at the top of his profession.

Class A4
Wheels 4-6-2 Pacific
Class Name Pacific


Weight:
Loco 102 tons 19 cwt Driving Wheel: 6' 8"
Tend 64 tons 19 cwt (a) Boil Press: 250lb/sq in Su
60 tons 7 cwt Valve Gear: Walschaerts - derived motion
(piston valves)
Cylinders: TE: 35,455lb
Three 18.5" x 26" 33,616lb (b)
Two 18.5" x 26", One 17" x 26"
Number Name Built Withdrawn

60001 Sir Ronald Matthews 30/04/1938 31/10/1964
60002 Sir Murrough Wilson 30/04/1938 31/05/1964
60003 d Andrew K. McCosh 31/08/1937 31/12/1962
60004 William Whitelaw 30/11/1937 31/07/1966
60005 b Sir Charles Newton 30/06/1938 31/03/1964
60006 a Sir Ralph Wedgwood 31/01/1938 30/09/1965
60007 a Sir Nigel Gresley 30/11/1937 28/02/1966
60008 a Dwight D. Eisenhower 30/09/1937 31/07/1963
60009 a Union of South Africa 30/06/1937 30/06/1966
60010 a Dominion of Canada 31/05/1937 31/05/1965
60011 a Empire of India 30/06/1937 31/05/1964
60012 d Commonwealth of Australia 30/06/1937 31/08/1964
60013 a Dominion of New Zealand 30/06/1937 30/04/1963
60014 d Silver Link 30/09/1935 31/12/1962
60015 a Quicksilver 30/09/1935 30/04/1963
60016 a Silver King 30/11/1935 31/03/1965
60017 a Silver Fox 31/12/1935 31/10/1963
60018 Sparrow Hawk 31/12/1937 30/06/1963
60019 Bittern 31/12/1937 30/09/1966
60020 c Guillemot 31/12/1937 31/03/1964
60021 Wild Swan 28/02/1938 31/10/1963
60022 e Mallard 31/03/1938 30/04/1963
60023 Golden Eagle 31/12/1936 31/10/1964
60024 a Kingfisher 31/12/1936 30/09/1966
60025 a Falcon 28/02/1937 31/10/1963
60026 a Miles Beevor 28/02/1937 31/12/1965
60027 a Merlin 31/03/1937 30/09/1965
60028 a Walter K. Whigham 30/04/1937 31/12/1962
60029 a Woodcock 31/07/1937 31/10/1963
60030 Golden Fleece 31/08/1937 31/12/1962
60031 d Golden Plover 31/10/1937 31/10/1965
60032 Gannet 31/05/1938 31/10/1963
60033 e Seagull 30/06/1938 31/12/1962
60034 e Lord Faringdon 31/07/1938 31/08/1966

(60034 Named: Peregrine 1938-48)

(a) Fitted with corridor tender.
(b) Fitted with double chimney. Remainder similarly fitted BR during 1957-9.
(c) Inside cylinder reduced to 17" diameter (60003/14/31 rebuilt with 18.5" cylinders by BR). (d) = (a) and (c), (e) = (a) and (b).

 

 

 

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