In recent years the society has erected a number of plaques and 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 5th April 2016 The Council plus 60 invited guests, and a great many more people, gathered on the concourse at Kings Cross Station, to witness the unveiling of our statue to Sir Nigel Gresley, on this the75th anniversary of the great man’s passing. Following an opening introduction by our President John Cameron, the guest of honour, Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail was invited to speak before carrying out the unveiling ceremony which raised much applause. There then followed speeches by Sir Nigel’s eldest grandson, the late Tim Godfrey, and Hazel Reeves who had been responsible for the excellently proportioned and lifelike statue. After the formalities were over the guests, who also included Sir Nigel’s grandson Ben Godfrey, Sir William McAlpine, Vice Presidents Peter Coster,, Richard Hardy and Peter Townend retired to “The Parcel Yard” where an excellent buffet lunch was served.
On the 19th June 2017, the anniversary of Sir Nigel’s Birthday, The Gresley Society fulfilled a long held dream, first voiced by our founder the late Ramsay Ferguson, to unveil a plaque at the place of the great man’s birth. Here is Director of Rail at Transport Scotland, Bill Reeve IMechE along with President John Cameron and Chairman Philip Benham at the unveiling at 32 Dublin Street . Looking on is Prof. Leon Pompa who is the present owner and resident
On 7th October 2017 another plaque was unveiled this time at Hadley Wood where HNG lived between 1923-1929. The event was organised by The Gresley Society in conjunction with The Hadley Wood Rail User Group the unveiling was carried out by TV personality and one time Member of Parliament for the area Michael Portillo