Derby

Plaque for Sir Nigel Gresley railway pioneer unveiled

  • 27 February 2013
  • From the section Derby
Sir Nigel Gresley
Sir Nigel Gresley designed the world record breaking Mallard

A blue plaque to commemorate the man who designed the Mallard steam locomotive has been unveiled in a Derbyshire village.

The tribute to Sir Nigel Gresley, who helped modernise the rail network in the early 20th century, was placed on his former home in Netherseal.

Sir Nigel's grandson Tim Godfrey, who helped with the unveiling, said his family were very proud of the honour.

The plaque can be seen on the Old Rectory, the engineer's childhood home.

Sir Nigel Gresley, who was born in Edinburgh in 1876, designed the Flying Scotsman and Mallard, which reached a maximum speed of 126 mph (202 km/h).

Mr Godfrey said: "My grandfather was highly respected by his staff and professional colleagues.

"The Gresley family have a strong association with Derbyshire which can be traced back to the Norman conquest, so it is fitting that there is a plaque here where he grew up and where he is buried."

Sir Nigel died in 1941 and is buried in Netherseal cemetery.

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