A1 Pacific Tornado had an interesting job to do today! Here is the locomotive sliding through Thirsk station.
In a genius of a public relations idea, the National Railway Museum used the new steam loco (see here) to haul the famous Mallard from the main museum at York, to its 'annex' at Shildon. Thousands turned out to watch!
Here the two locomotives shunt into a siding before entering the Shildon musem.
Mallard gets some help to be pushed into position. It will be a big attraction at Shildon, while renovations are made to the main hall at York. All about Mallard is here.
The museum authorities must have been pleased with the turnout. We were all kept back while the locomotives were shunted into place. Then, after the television and other official photographers got some time to get up close and personal, we were all allowed an intimate experience! Then it was back behind the barriers as Tornado, now watered, headed back south.
The locomotive was not due back to Crewe until the early hours of the morning, with a quick turnaround in prospect, before pulling a railtour tomorrow.
Favourite pic of the day, as cheering children get a great response from the cab!
Photos © Skip Cottage