LNER Class A4 4496 Dwight D Eisenhower

LNER Class A4 4496 Dwight D Eisenhower

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LNER Class A4 4496 Dwight D Eisenhower

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60008 Dwight D Eisenhower is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive.

Built for the London and North Eastern Railway in 1937, this locomotive was originally numbered 4496 and named Golden Shuttle. It was renamed Dwight D. Eisenhower after the Second World War and renumbered 8 on 23 November 1946 under Edward Thompson's LNER 1946 renumbering scheme. After nationalisation in 1948 British Railways added 60000 to the number so it became 60008 on 29 October 1948.


Like the other members of the LNER A4 Pacific class, Dwight D. Eisenhower has carried numerous liveries during her career. When first introduced into traffic on 4 September 1937, locomotive 4496 was named Golden Shuttle and painted in LNER garter blue with stainless steel trim on the base of the valances and tender. The numbers and LNER lettering on the tender were also stainless steel. This livery design was also used on the A4's that were named after countries, on the Coronation service in order to match with the rolling stock.

4496's next livery was wartime black with "LNER" on the tender, applied 30 January 1942. This livery was modified to read just "NE" on the tender in a repaint on 12 March 1943. LNER garter blue was reapplied 25 September 1945 and the name Dwight D. Eisenhower applied, but the name was covered until February 1946. The next livery applied was British Railways dark blue livery with black and white lining on 14 June 1950. The final livery applied was British Railways......
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