Former Mallard fireman, George Purnell says nothing compares to the Mallard when at full speed.
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
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.
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.
It is exactly 137 years since the birth of the man who designed the iconic Mallard locomotive. Sir Nigel Gresley was one of Britain's most famous engineers.
The National Railway Museum in York marked the occasion by recreating an historic photograph.
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The National Railway Museum in York is celebrating the birthday of one of the most highly regarded designers in steam locomotive history today.
Sir Nigel Gresley designed the Mallard, which holds the record for the fastest steam train in the world.
The historic locomotive is due to go on display with its sister trains later this summer at the museum.
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' .
The restoration of an historic steam locomotive is almost finished at the National Railway Museum in County Durham.
It is about to join five of its sister trains.
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