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 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' .