National Railway Museum to repatriate A4s from US and Canada
25 Jan 2012
The National Railway Museum can today confirm that a formal agreement has been reached with transatlantic colleagues to temporarily repatriate two A4 class locomotives to play a part in the celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of Mallard's world record breaking 126mph run down Stoke Bank on 3 July 1938.
Exporail, the Canadian National Railway Museum in Montreal, has agreed to release 60010 Dominion of Canada, and the National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin, will release 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower. Both locomotives will be loaned to the National Railway Museum for two years.
Steve Davies, Director of the National Railway Museum, said:
"I am delighted that the two museums involved have shared in the National Railway Museum’s vision to make this happen and I have no doubt that what is being planned will be beneficial to all parties."
The two locomotives concerned will be a central feature of a series of events being planned to mark this historic anniversary and full details of these events are still to be finalised. Discussions with the owners of the privately owned UK based locomotives are being conducted in order to generate a number of line up opportunities involving all six A4s at a number of locations, of which York will be the principal venue.
The movement of the locomotives is currently being planned with the intention of drawing on direct industry sponsorship for
much of the activity involved. It is hoped that both locomotives will be moved in autumn 2012.
Details of an appeal for cash to support the project will be circulated separately if this is deemed desirable and/or necessary.
Steve Davies added:
"We hope that the entire UK railway enthusiast community will appreciate and applaud the ambition involved in taking forward this project, pay tribute to the willingness of the owners of these locomotives to be equal partners in this venture, and of course visit this never-to-be-repeated series of events in 2013".