Roger Wilco wrote:Regarding 'dead' exhibits - I feel the same way whenever I see Mallard* at York Railway Museum. I always imagine someone slipping in there in the wee small hours armed with a bag of Coalite, some firelighters and a tin of WD40..
* Odd, Duck-based name for record-busting streamlined Leviathan though?
Without de-railing and taking this thread "off topic", the york NRM have stated in the past (at least since Mallard last ran) that to steam her (Mallard) would add more wear to the locomotive and they prefer to keep the locomotive "As-Is" and preserved for the nation. pathetic. I say Run it alongside the other A4 Loco's. The name of "Mallard" (as well as the other "bird" names) was of Sir herbert Nigel Gresley's choosing, as he was an avid wildlife enthusiast.
Which, in a round-about way brings me to my point.
If Bluebird K7 were to be fully rebuilt, stuffed, mounted and never run but "preserved on a plinth" what purpose would she serve other than to graphically and silently represent a bye-gone era of world water speed record attempts when men were men and British grit and determination were king ?
With Bluebird k7 Being rebuild and "occasionally" (??) run, not only does the nation once again have an item of priceless historic relevance, but the "general" public as well as enthusiasts will be fortunate enough to see and hear and see K7 doing, at least in part, what she was designed for; To run on water, whether this is in person or via archive or recent footage.
No silent stuffed and mounted vehicle could ever provoke the emotions of a living breathing machine like bluebird K7, regardless of how many years may pass between the times it is run.