by Phil Marsh

National Railway Museum Autumn Mallard 75 season commences

Published:24th October 2013

Talks and unique photographic opportunities at York this Autumn

The 75th anniversary season of Mallard breaking the World steam speed record has seen record crowds flock to all the associated events in York, Shildon and Grantham.

The National Railway Museum’s (NRM) next ‘Mallard 75’ events start over the half term holiday at their main York museum sponsored by Hornby. ‘The Autumn Great Gathering’ takes place between October 26 and November 8.

Over the almost two-week long event, there will be informative talks by Curators (free of charge) plus some photography and dining opportunities which have to be booked in advance.

An evening illuminated event will be taking place centred on the six LNER A4s called ‘Locos in a Different Light’ which runs between October 30 and November 2. The NRM is also hosting an art exhibition based around the ‘It’s Quicker by Rail’ theme.

The Autumn Great Gathering at the NRM in York

This gives those that missed the summer ‘Mallard 75’ event a chance to see the six LNER ‘A4s’ together between 10am and 6pm daily between October 26 and November 8 and admission is free. The engines will be on display around the Great Hall turntable.

‘Locos in a Different Light’ is the evening event which runs between October 30 and November 2 between 6:30 and 10pm which is also free to visit. Students will be illuminating the engines with a spectacular lighting displays part of the annual NRM competition.

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This is followed by ‘A Grand Thirties Gathering’ on the evening of November 7 between 7:30 and 11pm which costs £45 for a ticket. Why the cost?

This is thirties-themed informal dining event will offer ‘guests’ a vintage buffet menu inspired by the food served on the East Coast Main Line when travelling behind the A4s. The NRM says this is a chance to ‘relive the golden age of steam with like-minded people’ while surrounding yourself with classic sounds of the era.

It will also be possible to visit locomotive cabs in the evening and there is a dress code, lounge suits but anything that is inspired by the 1930s will be suitable.

And finally

Next year the two A4s that were repatriated on a temporary basis return home to Canada and America. There is one final chance to see them together and this is at the NRM northern base at Shildon between February 15 and 23 next year, between 10 am and 5pm and is free.

Special photography events

Next year the two A4s that were repatriated on a temporary basis return home to Canada and America. There is one final chance to see them together and this is at the NRM northern base at Shildon between February 15 and 23 next year, between 10 am and 5pm and is free.

Special photography events

If you are a serious photographer and would like the chance to take pictures without crowds of people around, the NRM is offering several opportunities to do just this. The ‘Autumn Great Gathering’ is offering several exclusive phoro sessions on November, 9, 10 and 11 and tickets cost £15.

This allows you to shoot the six A4s around the turntable, and use the Mallard café without the crowds but be warned, there are just 50 tickets for each session and can be booked by calling 01904 62126.

The Great Goodbye photography evenings (Shildon) will be the very last chance for photography and these are booked for February 17 to 20 between 6pm and 9pm and cost £90 a ticket. This will feature a classic line-up of the six surviving A4s, in steam where possible outside the Collections Building at the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

There are various talks at York based around the ‘Mallard 75’ theme but the Tales from the Tracks on October 26 is sold out. Tickets for The ‘Mallard experience’ priced at Adults £5 and Children £4 are available which is in a 12-seater simulator in the Great Hall and recreating Mallard's record run.

Remember remember….Unique chance to raise funds for Sir Nigel Gresley on 5th November.

Stuart Black will be at the 'Sir Nigel Gresley' sales stand signing prints, including his 'World Speed Record' print, on Tuesday 5th November during the 'Autumn Great Gathering' at the NRM in York.’

A date with Gresley!

The Sir Nigel Gresley 2014 calendar is now available and can be purchased at the York Great Gathering or by post by mail order using cheque, credit/debit card or PayPal. It is also on sale at the Grosmont Railway Shop and the NYMR Shed Shop. It has 14 A4 size pages printed with borderless images on the cover and monthly pages, with a monthly photograph index on the back cover.

They are supplied with board envelopes suitable for posting, though this will be used to send to you if ordered by post Each calendar costs £6.50 and the postage is: UK £1.50, Europe £3.50 and airmail rest of the world £5.

Autumn Great Gathering book signings, talks and exhibitions

There are a few book signings for an hour from 11am in the Great Hall shop by Richard Hardy, author of 'Life on the Lines' and Don Hale, author of 'Mallard: How the 'Blue Streak' Broke the World Steam Speed Record'.

There is an advertising exhibition from the 1930s to today of posters and photographs which explores how railway companies presented rail as time-saving, simple and easy.

A series of ‘Curator Talks’ which are between 230pm and 330pm in The Mallard Suite at York NRM. On October 30, the restoration of A4s Dwight D. Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada is on offer followed the next day with ‘Speed on linen and paper’ about the A4 Pacifics from the NRMs archive collection.

These are followed on November 1 by photos and film of Mallard and the other while on November 2 its ‘Mallard in steam’, when those involved in that engines’ operations talk about their experiences. The talks end on November 4 with a talk called ‘Rocket to TGV - two centuries of railway record breakers’.

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