It appears that two steam locomotive headlamps belonging to the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Preservation Trust (SNGLPT) may have been stolen.
The SNGLPT is the charity that owns the locomotive that holds the post war world record speed for steam traction. The locomotive in question is Ex LNER A4 No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley which was purchased from British Railways in 1967, 30 years after construction. This was named after it’s designer as a tribute to him as the engine was the 100th ‘Pacific’ locomotive built to his design.
The lamps came with the engine and have been displayed on the engine in the intervening 44 years, well over a decade longer than the engine was owned by the LNER and British Railways combined.
The two recently refurbished paraffin lamps have a small brass plate fixed to them denoting ownership and will cost hundreds of pound to replace. The plates are engraved with 60007 – 1 and 60007 – 3.
The whereabouts of the lamps is a mystery after a search was made at Grosmont Depot on the North Yorkshire Moors failed to establish where the lamps were. The well-known problem of metal theft may be to blame and hopefully the lamps have been mislaid rather than stolen for melting down.
If any reader can locate these historic lamps, please can they get in touch with Phil Marsh of www.rail.co.uk or if they are offered for sale, again, please let Phil know asap.
This can be done anonymously if desired or contact the Gresley team via their website direct. Or via the Gresley Office, by phone on 01947 895744.
Posted on Tuesday 22nd November 2011 | 4:57 PM
This is very disheartning to read and I'd like to draw readers of this to an e-petition on the governments web site which will hopefully help stop such thefts if the law is changed in how srcap metal merchants opperate ! https://submisssions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/406 or http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/406