STEAM enthusiasts are being given another chance to see two iconic rail engines before they return across the Atlantic.
The A4 Pacifics Dominion of Canada and Dwight D Eisenhower will be on show in a genuine working engine shed at Barrow Hill, near Chesterfield, before returning to Canada and the United States respectively.
The two will appear alongside other locomotives the A4 Bittern, A1 Tornado and A2 Blue Peter at the last surviving operational roundhouse shed in February. Two Deltic diesel locomotives, which took over from steam engines on the blue riband East Coast mainline, will also be on show.
Barrow Hill will join an exclusive club in hosting all six surviving A4s including the Mallard which set the world record speed for a steam engine 75 years ago.
Anthony Coulls, senior curator of rail vehicle collections at the National Railway Museum, said: “Bringing these engines to the widest possible audience is what it’s all about and this event, part of our Mallard 75 season, is the only opportunity to see the freshly cosmetically restored trans-Atlantic travellers outside our York and Shildon museums.
“This is an incredible opportunity to see Dwight and Dominion in a genuine railway setting ahead of our Great Goodbye – a final spectacular showcase of all six surviving A4 steam giants later the same month.
“We hope people in the UK will take all the chances they can to see these steam icons while they can as we will be saying bon voyage to them in late spring.”
The final chance to see all six A4s together will be at the National Railway Museum in Shildon from February 15-23.
Tickets for the Barrow Hill event on the weekend of February 8-9 go on sale tomorrow by calling 0844 338 8000 or through www.theticketfactory.com.