LNER Gresley Class A4 Pacific 60019 'Bittern' en route to Bristol Temple Meads

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purdey12345 on February 13, 2010

This classic locomotive is hauling a special service from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads via Reading, Newbury and Bath Spa.

Brief history: Built 1937 by the LNER at Doncaster Originally numbered 4464 and renumbered 60019 following nationalisation in 1948 Withdrawn from main line service in 1966 In private ownership since 1997 Now in the care of the Mid-Hants Railway

pianoman4Jesus on February 13, 2010

Greetings purdey12345: Thanks for sharing this view of an A4 steaming along with us in the forum! PM

purdey12345 on February 13, 2010

My pleasure! It's a shame the weather was so dull but at least it had stopped snowing by the time the train came through.

Maarten Outlet on February 13, 2010

Is this the same fellow that holds the speed record for locomotives?

(126mph I think) Anyways, Beautiful shot!!

Greetings, Maarten

purdey12345 on February 13, 2010

Hello Maarten. This locomotive is a sister to the 'Mallard', the one that holds the speed record for steam locomitives at 125.88 mph (202.58 km/h). That one is in a museum. More on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNERClassA44468Mallard

Thanks for your kind comment, All the best, Brian

Maarten Outlet on February 13, 2010

Thanks very much Brian!! Incredible!

Cheers, Maarten

AnonymousKiwi on February 14, 2010

Such an elegant looking beast. Nice shot.

What a sight that would, be - a steam train rattling along at 200km/hr!

Cheers, Lisa

purdey12345 on February 14, 2010

The train was going past at about 110 km/h when it passed me (that's the speed limit on that stretch of line). Scary as I was only about 2 metres away! There's a short clip of the Mallard on its record-breaking run on youtube - just enter 'mallard speed record' into the search box. All the best, Brian

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