LNER Class A4 4496 Dwight D Eisenhower

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Dwight D Eisenhower
LNER 4-6-2 A4 Class No 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower (8500183898).jpg
Dwight D. Eisenhower on display at the National Railway Museum on 22 February 2013
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder LNER Doncaster Works
Serial number 1861
Build date 4 September 1937
Specifications
Configuration 4-6-2
UIC classification 2′C1 h3
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading wheel
diameter
3 ft 2 in (0.965 m)
Driver diameter 6 ft 8 in (2.032 m)
Trailing wheel
diameter
3 ft 8 in (1.118 m)
Boiler pressure 250 psi (1.72 MPa)
Cylinders Three
Cylinder size 18.5 in × 26 in (470 mm × 660 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 35,455 lbf (157.7 kN)
Locomotive brake Steam
Train brakes Vacuum
Career
Operator(s) LNERBR
Class A4
Number in class 19 of 35
Number(s) LNER 4496,
LNER 8 (from 1946),
BR: 60008 (from 1948)
Official name Golden Shuttle, Dwight D Eisenhower
Withdrawn 20 July 1963
Disposition Static display at the National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin

60008 Dwight D Eisenhower is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive.

Built for the London and North Eastern Railway in 1937, this locomotive was originally numbered 4496 and named Golden Shuttle. It was renamed Dwight D. Eisenhower after the Second World War and renumbered 8 on 23 November 1946 under Edward Thompson's LNER 1946 renumbering scheme. After nationalisation in 1948 British Railways added 60000 to the number so it became 60008 on 29 October 1948.

Liveries[edit]

Like the other members of the LNER A4 Pacific class, Dwight D. Eisenhower has carried numerous liveries during her career. When first introduced into traffic on 4 September 1937, locomotive 4496 was named Golden Shuttle and painted in LNER garter blue with stainless steel trim on the base of the valances and tender. The numbers and LNER lettering on the tender were also stainless steel. This livery design was also used on the A4's that were named after countries, on the Coronation service in order to match with the rolling stock.

4496's next livery was wartime black with "LNER" on the tender, applied 30 January 1942. This livery was modified to read just "NE" on the tender in a repaint on 12 March 1943. LNER garter blue was reapplied 25 September 1945 and the name Dwight D. Eisenhower applied, but the name was covered until February 1946. The next livery applied was British Railways dark blue livery with black and white lining on 14 June 1950. The final livery applied was British Railways Brunswick green, applied 9 November 1951.

Dwight D. Eisenhower had a non-standard red background to the nameplate c. 1958. During her time allocated to Grantham motive power depot, the name of the depot was stencilled on the buffer beam.

Technical Details[edit]

Like all the early A4 locomotives prior to Mallard, Golden Shuttle was released to service with a single chimney and side valances covering the wheels. The valances were removed to aid in maintenance during a general overhaul on 30 January 1942. Experimental Automatic Train Control equipment was fitted on 23 June 1950. A double chimney and Kylchap double blastpipe was installed to help performance, during an overhaul 20 August 1958. A Smith-Stone type speed indicator was installed 30 June 1960.

Dwight D. Eisenhower has had eleven boilers during her career: 8959 (from new); 8945 (from 4482 Golden Eagle), 30 January 1942; 8906 (spare) from 23 November 1946; 8955 (from 60026 Miles Beevor), 14 June 1950; 29314 (new), 9 November 1951; 29303 (from 60030 Guillemot) 18 June 1954; 29296 (from 60033 Seagull), 8 July 1955; 29308 (from 60032 Golden Fleece), 20 December 1956; 29312 (from 60010 Dominion of Canada), 20 August 1958; 27964 (new), 30 June 1960 and finally 29335 (from 60019 Bittern), 17 May 1962.

Dwight D. Eisenhower had two tenders during her career: 5651 from new and 5671 from 1 April 1957.

Career[edit]

Locomotive 4496 was to have been named Sparrow Hawk, but was instead named Golden Shuttle. Sparrow Hawk was later used on 4463. 25 September 1945 locomotive 4496 was ex-works and the next day was at Marylebone station for the directors of the LNER to view her. The nameplates were covered and it was intended that the Supreme Commander, Allied Forces would attend an official unveiling, but sadly this could not be arranged.

From new, Golden Shuttle was allocated to Doncaster shed for just 9 days from 20–29 September 1937. She was transferred to Kings Cross 'Top Shed' until 4 December 1939 when she was reallocated to Grantham. 4 June 1950 saw Dwight D. Eisenhower reallocated back to 'Top Shed'. 7 April 1957 saw a move back to Grantham until she was sent back to 'Top Shed' on 15 September 1957. Her final depot allocation was New England shed in Peterborough from 16 June 1963.

4 October 1962, Dwight D. Eisenhower hauled a special train from Stratford station in east London to York, after being specially cleaned by Kings Cross 'Top Shed' staff. She was withdrawn from service on 20 July 1963. By this time, the Deltic diesel electric locomotives had displaced steam from premier services so the A4 fleet was reduced and concentrated further north. Dwight D. Eisenhower was donated to the United States of America and sent to Doncaster Works for restoration.

Preservation[edit]

Earmarked for the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin in the United States, the locomotive was cosmetically restored at Doncaster Works 19 July 1963. The following spring, it was shipped to the US, arriving in New York Harbor on 11 May 1964[1] Shipped by rail, it arrived at the museum later that month. In October 1990 it was moved to Abilene, Kansas for the celebrations of the centenary of Eisenhower's birth. The move both ways was done as a special train at slow speed, since the locomotive and two cars from the command train used the British vacuum braking system incompatible with the American air-braked trains.

The locomotive is displayed with two British passenger carriages once used as part of Eisenhower's Command Train. These have been restored to the condition they were in when used by Eisenhower.

There have been some efforts to repatriate the locomotive back to the UK, most of which have been unsuccessful. However, in 2012, the National Railway Museum announced plans to repatriate the engine, along with 60010, which has been preserved in Canada, as part of a plan to reunite all six preserved A4s of the class for the 75th anniversary of the class's world record breaking 126 mph run. Both 60008 and 60010 were loaned to the National Railway Museum for a period of two years, returning to America in early 2014.[2] While at York the locomotive was cosmetically overhauled, and received a new coat of authentic BR Brunswick Green paint to replace the inaccurate shade applied during a repaint at Green Bay.

In early September 2012, 60008 left its base in Green Bay and travelled all the way up to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she would meet up with 60010 arriving by rail in late September. On Wednesday 3 October 2012 60008 and 60010 arrived back in the UK at Liverpool Docks, where a Press Call had been arranged. On Thursday 4 October 60008 began its journey to the NRM's outpost Locomotion in Shildon, arriving that evening. The locomotive moved to York soon after for its cosmetic restoration.

The loco's cosmetic restoration was completed in February 2013 and the loco was then put on display in the Great Hall at the National Railway Museum in York next to sister engine 4468 Mallard. 60008 and 4468 were later to meet up with the other 4 members of the class in a 2 week event at York from 3 July (75 years to the day that Mallard set the World Speed Steam record.) Both 60008 and 60010 appeared at Barrow Hill roundhouse along with Bittern (60019) as part of the "East Coast Giants" event over the weekend of 8/9 February 2014.

In August 2013, the move of the two North American-based A4's back to the UK was the subject of an episode of the television series, Monster Moves.

The final event in which 60008 was reunited with her 5 remaining A4 sisters was the "The Great Goodbye" held 15-23 February 2014 at The National Railway Museum's Locomotion annex at Shildon. During this time, the National Railroad Museum was offered US $1 million by an undisclosed buyer to have the engine remain in the UK. The museum declined the offer, and the engine remained on display at Shildon until mid-April 2014.[3] The engine, along with 60010 (which had been restored to its original number, 4489, as part of the exhibition plans) were covered in two layers of tarpaulins to protect and conceal them. In late April-early May, the covered engines were sent to Port of Liverpool where they were loaded aboard the Atlantic Container Line's "Atlantic Concert" vessel for the voyage to Halifax. The engines were unloaded at the ports in Halifax on 11 May, where they were transferred on to flat cars to be taken by rail to their respective museums.[4] No. 60008 arrived at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay on 6 June 2014, and on 23 June, the museum had returned the engine to the display building in which it was displayed prior to leaving for the UK.[5] The museum plans to officially unveil the engine as part of a new World War II themed exhibit on 2 August 2014.

Modelling[edit]

In 2012 Bachmann released a model of 60008 to celebrate its return to the UK and in 2013 Hornby will also release a limited edition model of 60008 along with the other 5 surviving A4's

References[edit]

  • Clarke, David (2005). Locomotives in Detail: 3 Gresley 4-6-2- A4 Class. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-3085-5.  An overall history of the Gresley A4 class, as well as unparalled details about the class and individual members.
  • Yeadon, W.B. (2001). Yeadon's Register of LNER Locomotives: Volume Two: Gresley A4 and W1 classes. Booklaw/Railbus is association with Challenger. ISBN 1-871608-15-5.  Histories of the A4 and W1 classes of locomotive with details of repairs and liveries etc.