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Family on hand at train day

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

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THE grandsons of Sir Nigel Gresley will be on hand at a special ceremony to build a locomotive created by the South Derbyshire railway engineer.

Ben and Tim Godfrey will be heading to TATA Steel in Scunthorpe on Wednesday, May 21, to help mark work beginning on the frames for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales, which will be Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive.

These locomotives were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 tonne trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.

Sadly, the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt by his successor Edward Thompson.

It is now being built in a £5 million project.

Sir Nigel, who lived in the Old Rectory, in Church Street, Netherseal, was also famous for designing the Flying Scotsman.

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