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BR/LNER Gresley Class A3 4-6-2 No. 60074 at Darlington Station C.1961

BR/LNER Gresley Class A3 4-6-2 No. 60074 at Darlington Station C.1961 - Low Resolution Image

BR/LNER Gresley Class A3 4-6-2 Pacific No. 60074 'Harvester' at Darlington Bank Top Station with The Queen of Scots Pullman circa 1961. Built by the North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow and released to traffic on 8 October 1924 as Class A1, it was rebuilt to Class A3 in April 1928. It was withdrawn from 55H 50B Leeds Neville Hill shed on 8 April 1963 and cut up at Doncaster Works 29 May 1963.

The new Pacific locomotives were built at the Doncaster 'Plant' in 1922 to the design of Nigel Gresley, who had become Chief Mechanical Engineer of the GNR in 1911. The intention was to produce an engine able to handle, without assistance, mainline express services that were reaching the limits of the capacity of the Ivatt large-boilered Atlantics.

The London and North Eastern Railway LNER Gresley Classes A1 and A3 locomotives represented two distinct stages in the history of the British 4-6-2 'Pacific' steam locomotives designed by Nigel Gresley. They were designed for main line passenger services, initially on the Great Northern Railway (GNR), a constituent company of the London and North Eastern Railway after the amalgamation of 1923, for which they became a standard design. The change in class designation to A3 reflected the fitting to the same chassis of a higher pressure boiler with a greater superheating surface and a small reduction in cylinder diameter, leading to an increase in locomotive weight. Eventually all of the A1 locomotives were rebuilt to A3 specifications.

The names for the locomotives came from a variety of sources. The first, Great Northern, was named after its parent company. Others were given the names of high-ranking railway officials, but most were given the names of famous racehorses. One was named after the company's most famous long-distance passenger train, the Flying Scotsman. Flying Scotsman is the sole survivor of the class to be preserved. It is currently under mechanical overhaul at the National Railway Museum.

A group of young trainspotters in their school uniforms of caps, blazers and short trousers huddle together looking at the locos cab.

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Steam Loco Information for BR/LNER Gresley Class A3 4-6-2 No. 60074 at Darlington Station C.1961 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for BR/LNER Gresley Class A3 4-6-2 No. 60074 at Darlington Station C.1961 - Low Resolution Image

Station Information for BR/LNER Gresley Class A3 4-6-2 No. 60074 at Darlington Station C.1961 - Low Resolution Image


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