Steam locomotive 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley returns to mainline passenger service after £1m overhaul

With her £1m overhaul completed, LNER A4 No 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley returned to the main line on 21 May 2022.

In 1967 the locomotive carried a number of train journeys, including two journeys from Crewe to Carlisle – the last of which marked the start of a ban on private steam locomotives on British Rail.

Thankfully with the ban long gone, on 21st May 2022 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley organized a special rail tour for members of the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust on the same route taken 55 years ago to mark the completion of the review.

The visit was made possible through an agreement between Locomotive Services Group, Saphos Trains and the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust.

Included in the guest list was Ben Godfrey, grandson of Sir Nigel Gresley, who designed the LNER pacifics, including Mallard, Flying Scotsman and Sir Nigel Gresley.

(L to R): Robert Riddick (SNGLT VP, son of Julian Riddick), Richard Swales (SNGLT Chief Mechanical Engineer), Ian Walker (2022 Firefighter), Mike Wylie (2022 Driver), Les Jackson (October Firefighter 1967), Andi Heald (SNGLT support team, son of Philip Heald), Sean Levell (Footplate Inspector 2022), Neil Cadman (Fireman April & October 1967) // Credit: Nigel Wilson / SNGLT

Nigel Wilson, Chairman of the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust, said: “The journey was a very special day for all of our members, but was only possible thanks to the tremendous efforts of our team of mostly volunteer engineers. This overhaul is probably the most comprehensive the locomotive has ever had, so thanks to everyone involved. The recreation of the 1967 circuits was made possible through our cooperation with Locomotive Services Ltd and Saphos Trains, so we really appreciate the work they put in to make the trip happen.

60007 is due to join the LSL Locomotive Pool in Crewe and travel to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for its Steam Autumn Gala.

Jose P. Rogers