THE glorious Sir Nigel Gresley steam locomotive thundered through the Shropshire countryside, 86 years after it transformed train travel forever.

The iconic train was pictured pulling the Welsh Marches Express past Stokesay Castle as part of a summer tour for rail enthusiasts.

Built in 1937, Sir Nigel Gresley, named after its designer, set a speed record of 112mph on May 23, 1959 with a full train of passengers.


The locomotive, number 60007, was riding the rails for the first time since having a new royal blue paint job.

Photographer John Hayward snapped the train as it travelled past Stokesay Castle in Shropshire on May 10.

He said: “The Sir Nigel Gresley is an iconic locomotive and still gets the juices flowing.

“I knew it was due to pass by Stokesay and I rushed to get a decent spot.

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“It was hammering down with rain so myself and the other enthusiasts weren’t expecting much but minutes before it arrived the clouds parted.

“It was thrilling to hear the whistles going and the steam billowing out of the engine.

"The train was a masterclass of engineering and transformed this country's railway industry."