2015-06-04 NYMR

During our 2015 UK holiday we visited the NYMR, North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This heritage railway operates a revived line dating back to 1836 and running from Pickering to Grosmont through the fabulous landscape of the North York Moors and it has mainline connection enabling it to drive through to Whitby.

The NYMR have a large collection of mainline locomotives, a few of which are in daily operational service.
GPS  Some photos in this album contain GPS information when my camera could get a fix. If so a pin symbol is displayed on the lower right of the page (see yellow arrow). Click the pin to get a map of the location. Please remember though that camera GPS units are generally not very accurate. I have seen that the photos of this day were generally placed some twenty metres more to the west than my actual position. DSC01047  When we arrived the locomotive of our train just approached the station in Pickering: a Gresley A4 DSC01052 DSC01054
DSC01055  Nº4498 Sir Nigel Gresley was the 100th Gresley Pacific built by the Great Northern Railway / London and North Eastern Railway. The locomotive was built at Doncaster, works Nº1863, entering service in 1937. The locomotive was mainly based at London. The locomotive was briefly re-numbered as Nº7 before becoming 60007 when the LNER was merged into British Railways. DSC01056 DSC01057 DSC01058
DSC01059 DSC01060 DSC01063 DSC01065  On the 23rd May 1959 the locomotive was leading the first train in the UK with a booked or advertised schedule of over 100 m.p.h. and on that trip 60007 set the official post-war speed record for steam traction of 112 mph (180 kmh).
DSC01066b DSC01067  Mallards record is much disputed by the Germans whose BR05002 made a good 200.4 km/h (124.5 mph). However the BR05 record was established on the flat while the Mallard was storming downhill. DSC01068b2 DSC01069
DSC01070b DSC01071 DSC01072  By the way Nigel Gresley was the designer of the A4 Class. It is probably the only locomotive ever to be named after its designer while the man himself was still in office. DSC01073
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DSC01079  Shooting me? CIMG3691  Yep I got shot! DSC01082  Pulling out of Pickering with the A4 tender first. With all respect for all the TLC that goes into keeping a heritage line running, 25 mph maximum speed limit and running in reverse does not do credit to this race horse. It feels a bit like running a racehorse in front of a dung cart with his butt first. DSC01084
DSC01086 DSC01087 DSC01091  The sound of the A4 was simply stunning DSC01093  as was the landscape of the National Park North York Moors.
DSC01094 DSC01095 DSC01096  Leaning into the curve DSC01098
DSC01101  although I personally think this particular locomotive was not designed with such arduous curvature in mind DSC01107 DSC01110 DSC01115  Approaching Goathland
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DSC01128b DSC01129  The famous and maybe somewhat controversial Gresley conjugated valve gear DSC01130 DSC01131
DSC01132 DSC01133b DSC01134  We left the train here for a walk over the moors DSC01135  To return a few hours later to continue our journey to Grosmont
DSC01249  Again the Nigel Gresley was in front of our train DSC01254 DSC01261 DSC01264
DSC01297  Passing Grosmont depot DSC01298 DSC01299 DSC01300
DSC01302 DSC01303 DSC01308 DSC01309b  Grosmont's signal box
DSC01310  and its intricate lever work DSC01313  This loco was part of British Railways' modernisation and standardisation program in the fifties. This member of the BR Standard 4MT Class was built 1957 and is consequently among the last steam British steam locomotives. It was withdrawn after only 10 service years, what a waste of money. If only BR had had the patience to sweat the assets like the Germans did (not abandoning steam until 1977). The loco is privately held and available for hire. DSC01316 DSC01320
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DSC01333  In the workshop DSC01334 DSC01335 DSC01337  Meanwhile "Nigel Gresley" was being resupplied
DSC01338  A heritage railway workshop always houses a large collection of locomotive parts, some of which are instantly recognisable (smokebox, the front end of the "boiler") DSC01339  and other very much less so (ashpan under the firebox) DSC01336  and the blast pipe, which ejects the spent steam from the cylinders through the smokebox out of the chimney DSC01340
DSC01341 DSC01343 DSC01344 DSC01345  A Thompson B1, built in 1947 for the LNER. Withdrawn in 1965, just eighteen years of service, but saved and passed into preservation in 1973.
DSC01346 DSC01349 DSC01360  Grosmont station, from above the tunnel DSC01363  I went to the other side of the valley to get a shot of "Nigel Gresley" under the coal tower, but it had left by the time I got there. Pity but a nice walk and a good shot anyway.
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