19 June 2016
Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley, who designed the world famous Flying Scotsman and the Mallard, was born on 19 June 1876
Born on this day, 1876: Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley designed the world famous Flying Scotsman and the Mallard, which is still the fastest steam locomotive in the world. Born in Edinburgh, he grew up in Netherseal, Derbyshire and in the 1930s lived at Salisbury Hall, near St Albans in Hertfordshire.
Gresley was Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). A memorial plaque is dedicated to him at Edinburgh Waverley railway station and a commemorative statue of him was unveiled at King’s Cross, London, on 5 April 2016, the 75th anniversary of his death.