Help us rebuild

The N2 acts as a flag-bearer for the Society on many heritage railways. It is now 100 years old and about to complete its latest 10 year overhaul. Keeping locomotives in steam costs an enormous sum of money, and we need your help to keep this priceless engine running and to pay for its next overhaul.

Help us rebuild

The N2 acts as a flag-bearer for the Society on many heritage railways. It is now 100 years old and about to complete its latest 10 year overhaul. Keeping locomotives in steam costs an enormous sum of money and we need your help to keep this priceless engine running and to pay for its next overhaul.

Some facts about 1744:

We own and operate the oldest extant Gresley locomotive in the world, Great Northern Railway class N2 number 1744.

This beautiful, yet powerful locomotive passed into preservation directly from British Railways in 1962. Initially it ran on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and the Great Central Railway (heritage railway). It now liveson the North Norfolk Railway. Over the years, it has appeared in in LNER Black, BR Black, and GNR Apple Green. The loco’s most recent overhaul was completed in 2009, at which time it was given its current GNR Apple Green livery. 

Its last outing before overhaul, the engine re-visited King’s Cross on Tuesday 5 April 2016 for the unveiling of a statue of Sir Nigel Gresley.

Help us get 1744 moving again!

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Profile of the Gresley N2 locomotive

About the Society

The Gresley Society was founded in 1963. Our purpose is to study and celebrate the life and works of Sir Nigel Gresley in particular, and the works and achievements of the London & North Eastern Railway in general.  

As a charity we have a remit to educate and this we do through a programme of meetings and talks, and by erecting memorials of various kinds at appropriate places.

How you can help

Just click on the Donate button and choose the amount that you can donate to the N2 rebuild program.

After donating, you can help us further if you sign up for gift aid. If you pay NI contributions, this would add another 25p for every £1 you donate!

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Profile of the Gresley N2 locomotive

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