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National Railway Museum prepares for its second "Great Gathering"
5:11pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
THE sister locomotives of the world’s fastest steam engine have arrived on site for the event billed as the Autumn Great Gathering.
It will be the final chance to see Mallard – which set the world steam speed record in 1936 - and all five of her surviving sisters at the National Railway Museum in York and it gets underway this Saturday, October 26.
Union of South Africa and Sir Nigel Gresley steamed in bearing specially-designed Great Gathering headboards showing they were en route to the second international family reunion - and the boards will be offered for sale in a sealed bid auction beginning in the first week of the 16-day gathering.
The event will be a repeat of the July gathering which saw 140,000 people flock to the museum as it celebrated the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s record-breaking 126mph run.
Associate curator Bob Gwynne said: “Bringing the collection to the widest possible audience is what it’s all about, and we hope families will come to see Mallard and sisters this half-term and enjoy our speedy activities in Station Hall.”
The final opportunity to see Mallard and all five sisters will be the Great Goodbye event in Shildon from February 15 to 23.
For full details visit nrm.org.uk/mallard75
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