The Society

Our purpose is to study and celebrate the life and works of Sir Nigel Gresley in particular, and the works and achievements of the London & North Eastern Railway in general.  As a charity we have a remit to educate, and this we do through a programme of meetings and talks, and by erecting memorials of various kinds at appropriate places.

We own and operate the oldest extant Gresley locomotive in the world, Great Northern Railway class N2 number 1744.  It acts as a flag-bearer for the Society on many heritage railways. We also own buffet lounge car No 1852, one of only two such vehicles built in 1938 for the ‘Flying Scotsman’ train.

We were first set up as an unincorporated society in 1963, but in 1998 we established a company limited by guarantee, number 3852084, and we obtained charitable status, as Registered Charity number 1081581. We currently have around 500 members.

We invite you to explore this website, and to join us if you can, to support our work.

The Gresley Observer

Journal of The Gresley Society

Published three times a year for distribution to Society members.

Over recent years it has expanded and is now 170mm x 240mm format and 96 page editions are now not uncommon.

Black & white and colour photographs, some previously unpublished.

In the Journal we publish articles about the life and work of Sir Nigel Gresley ~ the Great Northern Railway ~ the London & North Eastern Railway ~ British Railways Eastern and North Eastern Regions ~ Doncaster Works (“The Plant”). Members who worked for the L.N.E.R. and British Railways, members who trained at The Plant, write about their experiences. Plus book reviews and Letters to the Editor ~ which, again, include many first-hand accounts of railway work and railway experiences.

Back issues are available to purchase from the Hon. Editor; Chris Nettleton 96 Greenfield Drive, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees TS16 0HN tel. 01642 781641