National Railway Museum lines up spectacular free light show for Mallard's Autumn Gathering

By Culture24 Reporter | 09 September 2013

Visitors hungry to catch a final glimpse of Mallard and its sister A4 locomotives at the National Railway Museum’s final Great Gathering this autumn will have the chance to see the famous loco in a new light this October.

a photo of a steam locomotive bathed in light
The annual Locos in a Different Light event is now in its fifth year© Courtesy NRM
Record numbers have already flocked to the York museum as part of the summer's Great Gathering, which re-united Mallard with all of the surviving A4s.

Now the Illuminating York festival arrives in the museum’s Great Hall for the farewell Autumn Gathering and a spectacular, free event that will see Mallard and its sister locomotives bathed in spectacular lighting.

The special event will be part of the annual Locos in a Different Light, which runs for four nights from October 30 to November 2 and gives visitors the opportunity to see all A4s together for a final time before two of Mallard’s sisters return to their homes across the pond.

This year’s lighting competition, in which teams of students experiment with lighting effects to bring the iconic Gresley-designed locomotives to life, will see the museum open for longer over the four evenings.

An initial competition takes place behind closed doors on October 29 when the entries are judged by industry professionals but for the next four nights members of the public are given the opportunity to enjoy the installations for themselves.

Rose Lindsay Smith, Public Programmes Coordinator at the museum, is promising “the greatest ‘Locos in a Different Light’ yet”.

“Due to the success of July’s Great Gathering we are opening the event for four evenings instead of two and we’re hoping that people will come and see the A4s together before they head to different parts of the world," she explains.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the spectacular displays around these iconic locomotives and welcoming members of the public into the museum to enjoy what the students have created.”
  • Locos in a Different Light opens to the public from 6.30pm-10pm on the October, 30 and 31 and November 1 and 2. Both parking and admission to the event is free and there is no need to book. The café and gift shop will also be open.

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