Steam locomotive 4771 Green Arrow for potential return? NRM release 15 year strategic plan

4771 Green Arrow
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The National Railway Museum has released its 15-year strategic plan, listing some of the locomotives set to return and which won’t be running any time soon.

60103 Flying Scotsman is set to continue its mainline tours, with 2023 being its centenary year.

Replica Rocket is set to return by 2020 and will be based around the museum sites, including the NRM, Locomotion and the Science and Industry Museum.

Class 02 is the only locomotive on site at York which is able to access South Yard, including the Learning Space. The Class 37 is popular for rides and visits to other heritage sites.

Sadly, the remainder of the diesel collection, which includes the Class 20, Class 40, Class 52 and Class 55 will not be operated but should be repaired to be able to be moved.

A Class 142 from Northern Rail is set to arrive at the National Railway Museum after it is withdrawn from service and will be used for passenger rides.

A Class 313 EMU from Beacon Rail is set to arrive at the SMG sites after withdrawal and will be used at SMG sites and also on the mainline.

70013 Oliver Cromwell still is being considered for overhaul and return to steam and use on the mainline.

The big news from the plan is that 4771 Green Arrow has now made it on to the list for potentials to be returned to steam and to be used on the main line.

Potentially both Oliver Cromwell and Green Arrow may be overhauled, this will not begin until at least 2021 as the main focus is the improvements of the York and Shildon sites

There’s also a number of other operational locomotives that are to be used throughout the next 15 years.

You can view the full report on the SMG website here.

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  1. Main line Certified Deltic stuffed and mounted, while the HST can run, possibly on the main line? Why did the KOYLI group spend thousands of hours and tens of thousands of pounds only to be told we have no safety case. I believe we have been misled and misinformed

      • The case for Mallard is they want to keep it as original as possible and to return to Steam/Mainline would require extensive repairs and replacement of parts which would essentially mean it wasn’t Mallard anymore. The question is how much is still original.
        Take F/Scotsman as an example this locomotive is nearing 100 years old and is realistically not the loco that was originally manufactured due to so many parts being swapped out and replaced. Tbh I think only the frames of 4472 are the only original parts left.
        There are other A4’s still operational and I think as much as people would like to see Mallard running due to emotional reasons, I think the NRM’s policy on it is spot on.

  2. Good News for Green Arrow, and in my mind both her and Cromwell should be in traffic alongside Scotsman. Shame about the Deltic and 40 though, I tend to agree on the 20 as there are still plenty about and to keep one pristine in a museum isn’t a bad idea. At least the NRM are considering keeping locos running. My big question is what about 92220?

  3. Cylinder Block….?
    To Compound or Not to Compound…! One thing in my thinking is the additional additional mileage..
    ERTMS…..? Mechanical or Electrical ?
    “Compound’ed plus ERTMS fitted….. Hmmmm…..
    PROJECT/RESEARCH/DEVELOPMENT The Possibility of additional time frame AND WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY to consider the fuelling options…. Production of and possibly of something eco friendly that can be shovelled….??

  4. bit silly isnt it? to keep the scotsman working when i got told it failed and overheated and then injectors and the NRM spent £68million tax payer money on it so far


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