SRL No 9 Gresley A1 Class No 2580 Shotover at Kings Cross 1st May 1928.
LNER Gresley A1 Class 4-6-2 No 2580 'Shotover' at Kings Cross 1st May 1928 after working the Inaugural 'Flying Scotsman' non-stop run from Edinburgh Waverley station to London Kings Cross. Email correspondence with Owen Brison of Lisbon,Portugal. The sleeve that came with the plate had 1924 written on the outside but that seemed unlikely.Owen points out that 2580 is seen with a 220 Ib/sq. in boiler ,first introduced in 1927 as well as a corridor tender introduced in 1928. Owen also points out that 2580 is about to enter the turntable situated in the small loco yard by King's Cross station. The disposal crew peer out of the cab. The date is 1st May 1928 the inaugural non-stop run with 2580 doing the up run from Edinburgh Waverley-King's Cross. LNER A1 No 4472 'Flying Scotsman' performing the down run. They passed each other at Pilmoor north of York at 2.02 pm with both engines having taken 242 minutes from their starting positions.No 4472 arrived twelve minutes early at Edinburgh Waverley and No 2580 arrived two and half minutes inside schedule. Driver Day and Fireman Gray were greeted at King's Cross by a huge crowd and the dignitaries struggled to get near the engine.Sadly Driver John Mark Day passed away on the 21st May 1928 just twenty days after this historic event.He lost his wife the previous year and suffered a perforated ulcer. No's 2568-2582 were ordered for the North Eastern Area and fitted with the air and vacuum brakes as seen here.The Westinghouse brakes were eventually removed between 1933-1935, when vacuum brakes became standard throughout the LNER system. My thanks to Owen Brison for his help with the information on the glass plate and to John Day great grandson of Driver John Mark Day. No 2580 'Shotover' was rebuilt from an A1 Class to an A3 Class at Darlington Works 16th February 1928. She remained in service until withdrawn 1st October 1962 and scrapped at Doncaster Works 28th May 1963 . Simon Lathlane Collection
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