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Farewell to historic locomotives

One of the A4 Class locomotives returning to North America Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The region will say goodbye to two historic locomotives this week as they head home to North America.

Dwight D Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada are part of the 'Big Six' A4 Class.

They have been on display at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham, alongside their sister engines which include Mallard.

In 1938 Mallard became the world's fastest steam locomotive when it reached a speed of 126 miles an hour on the East Coast Main Line.

Mallard was reunited with the others in its class as part of the 75th anniversary commemorations.

North East of England has only two out of top 100 UK tourist attractions

Fountains Abbey and the National Railway Museum are the only two venues in the North East to be named amongst the top 100 most-visited tourist attractions in the UK.

Fountains Abbey near Ripon was one of two North East attractions in the top 100 Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions showed the railway museum, near York, had over 900,000 people through its doors in 2013 while Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, had over 300,000.

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Rail crews reunite for Mallard celebration

Former train crews reunite in York Credit: ITV Yorkshire

More than 75 crew members who manned the footplate of the world's fastest locomotive , Mallard, and its sisters in their final decades on the tracks have gathering at the National Railway Museum in York.

As part of the Mallard museum's 75th anniversary celebrations, it is the first time many of the crews have seen each other since the railway's heyday

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Mallard's crews reunion

Mallard, the world's fastest locomotive Credit: ITV Yorkshire

More than 75 crew members who manned the footplate of the world's fastest locomotive , Mallard, and its sisters in their final decades on the tracks will be gathering at the National Railway Museum in York today.

This is the first time many of the firemen and driver teams will have met since their railway heyday. It is part of the museum's Mallard 75th anniversary celebrations.

York MP bids to save "the world's best railway museum"

A petition, signed by tens of thousands of people in York, has been handed to the House of Commons Speaker in a bid to save the National Railway Museum.

York MP Hugh Bayley handed over the petition claiming that the museum was the best of it's kind in the country.

Although the Culture Minister said it would not close last week, there is speculation that funding may be cut by ten percent.

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Questions over future of National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A North East museum may be forced to close because of the Government's spending squeeze.

That is the claim being made by the director of the Science Museum Group, which runs the National Railway Museum. It is housed in York and at Locomotion, based at Shildon in County Durham.

The group's director, Ian Blatchford, has said that as well as cuts to the Science Museum in London, it may have to shut one of its northern attractions. These also include the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and the National Media Museum in Bradford.

The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world and attracts more than 900,000 visitors a year to York and Shildon.

Mr Blatchford said the group had faced a 25% real terms cut in its funding since 2010/11 and now faced the prospect of further cutbacks.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport described it as an 'operational matter' for the Science Museum Group said it would be 'inappropriate to speculate on the outcome of the Spending Review' .