Doncaster-built locomotive gets fresh look

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A DONCASTER-built steam locomotive has gone on display at the National Railway Museum in York after crossing the Atlantic.

Mallard’s sister locomotive, Dwight D Eisenhower, is undergoing cosmetic restoration work by experts from Lancashire-based Heritage Painting and work is well underway.

The Doncaster-built Gresley Pacific, built at the Plant in the 1930s, is being given a fresh coat of BR green paint in preparation for 2013’s anniversary celebrations.

Next year marks 75 years since Mallard broke the world speed record and became the fastest steam locomotive of all time.

All six of the surviving A4 locomotives in the world will be gathered together in York - a sight never seen before. Dwight D Eisenhower has been transported from the United States railroad museum and will be on loan for two years.

Fellow transatlantic traveller Dominion of Canada is currently getting a Mallard-style makeover from its shabby green livery to garter blue at the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Ian Hewitt from Heritage Painting said: “We hope to be finished a few days before Christmas and we’re proud to be working on what every rail fan wants for the festive season – an A4 in new livery. We love what we do, and it’s great to show off our specialist skills in the public eye here in the workshop of the National Railway Museum.”