Sir Nigel Gresley

Sir Nigel Gresley


On a visit to Levisham, a tiny halt on the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, this famous locomotive steamed in.
She is named after her designer, a Derbyshire engineer who designed many famous locos: The Mallard and The Flying Scotsman.

He built this engine in 1937 for the LNER. It was saved from scrapping in 1966 by enthusiasts and is still hauling passengers.

This railway is run by volunteers. They will be up early so as to raise steam.

Whitby to Pickering

Visitors travel up and down between Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby. Very few alight at Levisham station, the village and pub is 1.5 miles away and the station is in a wooded valley. When the engine has gone – all is hushed except for bird-song.

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About Harry Nicholson

I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. I write a few poems and short stories. There is an eBook anthology of them, 'Green Linnet' on Amazon. Also a novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' I've a blog of poems, stories and art at: https://1513fusion.wordpress.com/
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7 Responses to Sir Nigel Gresley

  1. Britta says:

    Dear Harry Nicholson,
    thank you for giving that tip about the wild flower in Berlin – it might be a campion, as you said – I am only baffled that there are so many flowers at the tip of the plant. I thought of a wild orchid, but now I’m not so sure.
    Your blog is amazing – thank you for giving me the chance to discover it! Britta

    • It is the five petals that point to the campion family. There are lots of species.
      I’m pleased you have visited here.

      I found Berlin a great city – I spent a week there about 5 years ago.

  2. Susannah says:

    Great photos as usual Harry! I especially liked the close up of the blue train and the ticket office. Wonderful, thanks for sharing.

    Have a good week. 🙂

  3. vivinfrance says:

    That’s a must-visit for me, next time we’re in the North-East. Lovely pictures, as usual.

  4. 1sojournal says:

    Harry, you always make me want to come and see. Love the photos,

    Elizabeth

  5. Lovely photos, Harry. What a wonderful way to spend a day. 🙂

  6. earlybird says:

    I went on that railway a few years ago… it was a real treat puffing through the beautiful autumn countryside and seeing the shadow of the steam on the fields beside the train.

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