Hundreds of well-wishers were at Grosmont Station this past weekend to say their goodbyes to one of Britain’s most iconic steam engines.
Rail enthusiasts, families with young children and visitors alike joined members of the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust and members of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) for the occasion.
But the good news is while Sir Nigel goes off for an expensive overhaul, the Flying Scotsman will visit the railway for a total of seven days next year.
It will be the first opportunity to see and ride behind the finished locomotive on a heritage line following the locomotive’s £4.2m overhaul, with interest from the public expected to be huge.
Philip Benham, Managing Director of the NYMR, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the overhaul of Scotsman is approaching completion and looking forward to being the first heritage railway in the country to welcome this prestigious locomotive fully decked out in its final colours.
“This record-breaking locomotive is probably the world’s most famous engine and the only survivor out of a class of 78 making it a very special engine.”
At the weekend, The White Star Band from Malton played and the locomotive made its final journey into Grosmont Tunnel (and from there to the Engine Sheds close by) to undergo a major overhaul starting immediately.
No 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley, is one of the last remaining streamlined A4 Pacific class locomotives in the world.
Only six remain, four of which are based in the UK, two in North America, the rest were scrapped during the 1960s.
Throughout the Sir Nigel Farewell Weekend, thousands of people went to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to travel behind the engine.
With £1 in every £5 of all ticket income from the weekend going towards the cost of the locomotive’s overhaul, many thousands of pounds have been raised with help from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The final figure has still to be worked out.
The locomotive will now undergo a major overhaul which includes a very detailed boiler inspection and repair. This is expected to take up to three years to complete at an expected cost of £600,000.