Sunday 23 February 2014


Another viewing of the 'Great Goodbye' held recently at Shildon, but this time from quite a different atmospheric angle. Paul Beardsley also attended the event and was able to secure this set of splendid night-time images. They make a nice comparison to David Gambles' fine daytime views. Whilst Paul's are unobstructed, David's illustrate the popularity of the gathering and each set provide a true reflection of how these splendid beasts are regarded by enthusiasts and the general public alike.

A grand line up of 6 Gresley A4 Pacifics -4468 Mallard, 4464 Bittern, 4489 Dominion of Canada, 60009 Union of South Africa, 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower and 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley.

In this line up of 4468, 4464 and 4489 a Flying Scotsman headboard has been provided for Mallard.


In this line up of 60009, 4489 and 4464 Union of South Africa sports The Talisman headboard

In this shot of 4489 and 4464 the Flying Scotsman headboard now adorns Dominion of Canada

The light nicely catches Mallard

Despite all the recent rain there was not really enough water in the puddle to give a decent reflection of 60008.

The opposite side of the record breaker.

And finally another postscript, this time recent feature on the blog of the diversionary route between Sheffield and Chesterfield due to embankment problems, Paul has provided the following.

In the piece on the diversions via the 'Old Road' there is reference to a bonus stranger. For added information this was 43480/42401/42404/42403/40424/41201/43423 Valenta 1972-2010 running as 5Z44, 1210 Crewe C.S. to York.


Does that angular frontal design remind you of anything?