Memorials

In recent years the society has erected three memorials concerned with Sir Nigel Gresley and his work.

In 1992 a plaque was placed in the floor of Great Hall at the National Railway Museum, York, at the end of one of the turntable tracks.  This was where, on the night of 29 April, 1942, one of the Gresley A4 Pacific locomotives, Sir Ralph Wedgwood, was destroyed in an air raid.   The plaque was unveiled by Sir Martin Wedgwood, the grandson of Sir Ralph.

On 29 July 1998 the society installed a large sign beside the East Coast Main Line to mark the spot where, on 3 July 1938, Mallard secured the world speed record for steam traction, at 126 mph.  The record still stands.  The sign is just south of milepost 90¼, on the Up side.  Its cost was funded partly by the society, and by individuals and railway industry companies.

Mallard Stoke Bank sign
Photo courtesy Alisdair Anderson

On 3 July 2001 the Society unveiled a handsome plaque at Waverley Station, Edinburgh to commemorate the fact that Sir Nigel was born in that city, in Dublin Street, in 1876.  The plaque is on one of the interior walls of the booking office and waiting room.  It was unveiled by Mr Tony Roche, that year’s President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  Sir Nigel had been President of that Institution in 1936.