Achieving mph on Stoke Bank was fairly common at the time so something slightly higher was hoped for. The train stopped at Grantham station in 96 minutes 59 seconds for the Article contents Sources Likenesses. Allen felt a maximum of mph was all that could have been achieved if Hoole had not been restrained. Views Read Edit View history. As an artist I am looking to use one with permissions. You’ve got two minutes to make up you minds.

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The LNER Encyclopedia

A pre-war steam locomotive doing substantially higher speeds caused some concerns but persuasion from the SLS enabled this to be overcome and a maximum of mph was authorised down Stoke. The 23rd May saw Sir Nigel Gresley running from York to London, 50 years to the day since more than years of steam traction on the East Coast Mainline culminated in one last record-breaking run for the Gresley A4 Class.

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The story really starts in November with a run of the Tyne Tees Pullman; accounts vary a little but what is for sure is that a civil engineer with a Hallade Track recording instrument was on board a train when driver Bill Hoole took down Stoke Bank very fast indeed.

It was as well that no one took this entine literally, engiine beyond Offord we suddenly realised that speed was rapidly increasing once more, and there was a dash to the right-hand windows. Unless his latter-day equivalent had gone from being an engine driver to captain of the English football hooel, who would be interested?

Please support our work by joining us. By Bill was sharing Prince with Tom Davies. With the arrival of the first express diesels on the East Coast route in autumnit was clear that the days of the A4s as Top Link motive power were numbered so the idea of a farewell high-speed trip over the East Coast Main Line to coincide with the Golden Jubilee of the Stephenson Locomotive Society SLS found sympathetic ears at Great Northern House.


With the prospect of mph on the return journey, those on the footplate were left in no doubt about the speedometer’s error when the train arrived at Doncaster! After Dolly died in and was buried at Minffordd, Bill was cared for in Birmingham by his daughter Irene and her family. But, unlike today’s childhood stars, he had no ego. This represented a magnificent effort by the locomotive, and Allen records that he was not aware of any parallel over this section of track.

One question that will remain unanswered concerning the day was whether could have approached or even bettered Mallard’s mph record.

Passengers flooded out on to the platform to see the engine but the stop was just to pick up a pilotman for the road via Lincoln, so driver Hoole whistled hard and eased the locomotive slowly forward, which sent people scurrying back on board. He passed away in but spoke of Rev Treacy speaking to him often when my father was a young man on the depot.

It was Hoole who, in the Indian summer of British Railways steam, tried to break Mallard’s record, shortly before he retired in In his quiet unassuming way he always had time to answer every question, pose for every camera and help everyone who needed help.

At the controls of Mallard sibling Sir Nigel Gresley, he whipped an enthusiasts’ special up to mph before the traction inspector riding with him signalled that enough was enough.

The outstanding enhine of the Golden Jubilee Special was the tribute; steam power on the East Coast Route could not have had a more fitting grand finale. The fireman jumped; Jones died. Such a book would be unthinkable today. He suffered a stroke at Easter of which hampered his active involvement with the railway although he still pottered about at Boston Lodge.


In steam still reigned supreme on East Coast expresses but diesel traction was already on the horizon and in this Indian summer some of the finest steam running of all time was produced.

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After all, he caused the infamous crash. You do not currently have access to this article.

Bill Hoole – Grantham Collision – The LNER Encyclopedia

Bill Hoole at the Centenary of Steam, Accounts agree however that Stoke summit was passed at 75mph. A permanent way restriction followed the station restriction at Peterborough and some adverse signals meant it was not joole after Werrington Junction that could really be opened up to produce an outstanding climb of Stoke.

Reprinted in Chime Alf Hancox was doing well at keeping the boiler pressure well up and Bill Hoole intended to keep going hard until somebody stopped him. He also took a wonderful picture of Hoole – an engine driver worshipped by a bishop. The plaque carried by to commemorate the event.