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The secret messages revealed by our A4 loco restorers

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  1. National Railway Museum

    National Railway Museum New Member

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    During the work we’ve been doing to cosmetically restore LNER Class A4 60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower*since it was repatriated from the US, we’ve uncovered a surpise: a list of names.
    In the US, Dwight’s motion was painted with several coatings of aluminium paint. Our workshop team have been stripping that back down to the bare metal – and underneath the paint layers, we’ve found the names inscribed into the metal of the slide bar.
    [​IMG]A close-up of the names discovered under the paint on A4 Dwight D Eisenhower

    Anthony Coulls,*Senior Curator of our rail vehicle collection,*thinks that these are the names of the US team who painted Dwight in 1984, or the team who put the motion back together after the locomotive originally landed in America in the late ’60s.
    Do you know different? Let us know if you recognise any of these names – or if one of them is you.
    That’s not the only surprise we’ve had while working on the A4s for our upcoming Mallard 75 events. The team at Shildon have been stripping paint on Dominion of Canada, and found this strange drawing of a rabbit:
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    Best call in the services of GCHQ at Cheltenham to decipher them.
     
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    Fascinating........
     

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