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Issue Date: 19/08/2010
Issue Name: Great British Railways - London & North Eastern Railway
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The London & North Eastern Railway was the second largest of the “Big Four” railway companies established in the 1923 grouping of the railways. Our cover features a stunning painting by John Wigston of the brand new A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado. The postmark is specially designed, depicting the original London & North Eastern crest it is postmarked at Kings Cross and is available signed by John Wigston GRA.
The London & North Eastern Railway
The London & North Eastern Railway had three Chief Mechanical Engineers. The first was Herbert Nigel Gresley, who held the post for most of the London & North Eastern Railway’s existence, he also arguably had the greatest influence on the railway. Gresley built a number of handsome and successful express passenger locomotives that the publicity department were quick to exploit. Amongst these imaginative developments was the non-stop London-Edinburgh run of the Flying Scotsman or the novel concept of Northern Belle, the luxury train-cruising holiday.
Under H N Gresley, and supported by strong management the London & North Eastern Railway entered an era of high speed steam with the streamlined Silver Jubilee set of 1935 and the Coronation in 1937 and finally topped by the 126mph record speed run set by 4468 Mallard on the 3rd July 1938, a record still officially held today. Sadly Gresley died in office in 1941 after a short illness.
Edward Thompson became Chief Mechanical Engineer after Gresley’s death and his short reign was a somewhat controversial one. Thompson and Gresley never saw eye to eye but Thompson’s record was best served by his solid and dependable mixed-traffic locomotives built under and for wartime conditions. Thompson retired from the LNER in 1946.
Arthur H Peppercorn succeeded Thompson although sadly his career was cut short by nationalisation and he only served 18 months as CME. His most notable design during this time were the A1 and A2 Pacifics express passenger locomotives. Up until recently the A1 Peppercorn was one of the few locomotives to have been completely lost to us until in 1990 the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust decided to build a completely new A1 to the original design and with the help of the latest technology. 60163 Tornado the first newly built steam train in 50 years can be seen and enjoyed all around the country.
Like many the London & North Eastern Railway had suffered badly as a result of enemy action during the war and in 1948 it was nationalised.
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Sir John Wigston is a member of the Guild of Railway Artists and has signed this lovely cover for us.