Red light for Green Arrow's final journey

A LAST trip across the North York Moors was seen as a fitting finale more than 70 years after one of Yorkshire's giants of steam emerged onto the nation's railways.

But Green Arrow's distinguished career has been cut short and the veteran engine will now not embark on its final journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) later this month.

A routine inspection discovered that two tubes in the locomotive's boiler were leaking, and managers at the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York have taken the decision not to undertake an eight-week programme of repairs.

The engine's 10-year boiler certificate runs out this month and the repairs would not have been completed before that date. It was confirmed yesterday that Green Arrow had made its last journey.

The NRM's head of knowledge and collections, Helen Ashby, said: "Naturally we are very disappointed but we hope that the public will still take the opportunity to say a fond farewell to this hard-working veteran."

LNER 2-6-2 V2 Class No. 4771, Green Arrow, emerged from Doncaster Works in June 1936, as the first of 184 new steam locomotives built to haul both passenger and freight trains.

Like her world-famous counterparts Flying Scotsman and Mallard, Green Arrow was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and built by the London and North Eastern Railway Company.

The V2 engines earned respect for their reliability and endurance, and were nicknamed "the engines that won the war" after hauling massive trains of up to 26 coaches during the Second World War.

Green Arrow had spent her final working weeks at the NYMR from the beginning of March, and the last trip on the line was due to take place on Sunday, April 27.

The engine will now be put on display at the NYMR this weekend for the finale of the LNER Steam Festival, before arrangements are made to transport it to Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham.