Steaming through time across Shropshire

What a sight - here's steam locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley as it passes Stokesay Castle in Shropshire.

Steaming through time across Shropshire

It was pulling the Welsh Marches Express towards the West Country after stopping off at Shrewsbury.

I could hear its whistle before it reached Craven Arms, and that seemed to be the signal for the sun to come out from behind a big dark cloud.

Minutes later the train came into view and I watched with a huge grin on my face as it made its way past Stokesay - two icons in one picture!

A4 class No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley was built in 1937 for the London and North Eastern Railway and was named after the man who designed it.

It achieved one of the highest speeds recorded by a steam locomotive in this country when it reached 112mph in Lincolnshire in 1959, setting a post-war record for steam engines in the UK.

The engine is now owned by the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Preservation Trust.

:: This image is available to buy as a print here.

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