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Nigel Gresley

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1913. G. N. Heavy Main Line Engine.
1935. Silver Link streamlined locomotive.
1936. Three-cylinder 2-6-2 locomotive.
1936. LNER Three-cylinder eight-coupled locomotive.

Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley C.B.E. (1876-1941), Doncaster Engineer.

Born at Edinburgh. Locomotive and carriage Engineer.

Best-known for -

  • Chief Mechanical Engineer of GNR and LNER from 1911-1941.
  • Pioneer of articulated coaches, buffet-cars and streamlined locomotives.
  • Designer of Great Northern, Flying Scotsman, Cock o' the North and the record breaking Mallard, K3 2-6-0 class, 02 2-8-0 class, B17 (Sandringham) 4-6-0 class for East Anglia and V2 (Green Arrow) 2-6-2 Class, all with three cylinders.

1941 Obituary [1]

"...railway world can ill afford to lose a man of the ability of Sir Nigel Gresley, whose death on April 5th at the early age of sixty-four we mourn to-day. For many years he was pre-eminent as a British locomotive designer, and not even the historic figures of the past have more famous engines to their credit than he. Trained under such masters as Webb and Aspinall and Ivatt, he combined the experience gained under them with a natural aptitude for design which he fostered and enlarged by the careful study of foreign, particularly French, developments. He never hesitated to embody in his own engines the good things he found in others, and was always ready to make practical tests..."More.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1941 Jan-Jun: Index
  • Chris de Winter Hebron, 50 Famous Railwaymen, 2005