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    UKP: LNER A4

    Steam loco

    A4 Class 4-6-2 'Streaks'

    The Class A4 is a class of streamlined 4-6-2 steam locomotive designed by Nigel Gresley for the LNER in 1935. Their streamlined design gave them high-speed capability as well as making them instantly recognisable, and one of the class 4468 Mallard, holds the world record as the fastest steam locomotive.

    Thirty-five of the class were built to haul express passenger trains on the East Coast Main Line route from London Kings Cross via York to Newcastle, and later via Newcastle to Edinburgh, Scotland. They remained in service on the East Coast Main Line until the early 1960s when they were replaced by Deltic diesel locomotives; they themselves proving to be worthy successors to the A4s.

    Several A4s saw out their remaining days until 1966 in Scotland, particularly on the Aberdeen to Glasgow express trains, for which they were used to improve the timing from 3.5 to 3 hours. Six have been preserved.

    Length 71ft 3/8in
    Width 9ft
    Height 13ft 1in
    Introduced 1935
    Withdrawn 1966
    Wheel Arrangement 4-6-2
    Builder LNER Doncaster Works
    Weight 104.6t
    TE 35,455 lbf
    Driving Wheel Dia 6ft 8in
    Boiler Pressure 250 psi
    Num Cylinders 3
    Cylinder Dimensions 18.5 in × 26 in
    Number Altnumber Name Status Note Livery Depot Pool Base Owner
    4464 9881960019 Bittern S Garter Blue PR LSLO Locomotive Storage, Margate PRE
    4468 9886860022 Mallard D LNER Blue YM MBSL National Railway Museum NRM
    4498 9889860007 Sir Nigel Gresley A The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust Ltd BLK CL MBSL Severn Valley Railway PRE
    60008 4496 Dwight D. Eisenhower E GRN National Rly Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin USA PRE
    60009 988094488 Union of South Africa D GRN PR MBSL Bury Transport Museum PRE
    60010 4489 Dominion of Canada E GRN Canadian Railroad Historical Museum PRE