Mallard and her sister locos to be shown in a new light for Illuminating York festival (From York Press)
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Mallard and her sister locos to be shown in a new light for Illuminating York festival
LOCOMOTIVES at the National Railway Museum in York will be shown in a new light next month.
Visitors to the museum will have the chance to see the legendary Mallard and its five surviving sister locos brought to life through eye-catching lighting arrays as part of the Illuminating York festival and the attraction’s own Autumn Great Gathering.
The annual Locos In A Different Light Event is now in its fifth year and will be the final chance to see all six A4 locomotives together, including Mallard once it returns from its current tour, in the Great Hall before two of them – Dwight D Eisenhower, from the US, and Canadian-based Dominion – return to their home museums.
This year’s lighting competition will see student teams from across the UK experiment with different effects, with the free event running over four evenings – twice as long as previous years – and the museum staying open longer.
“The competition has always been a huge success, and in the year of Mallard’s 75th anniversary, this Locos In A Different Light promises to be our greatest yet,” said the museum’s public programmes co-ordinator, Rose Lindsay Smith.
“Due to the success of July’s Great Gathering, we are opening the event for four evenings instead of two and we’re hoping people will come and see the A4s together before they head to different parts of the world. We’re looking forward to seeing the spectacular displays around these iconic locomotives and welcoming the public into the museum to enjoy what the students have created.”
The initial competition will be on October 29, with the entries being judged by industry professionals during a private event and marked according to several categories.
These include safety and conservation, energy and efficiency, and innovation and aesthetics.
Between October 30 and November 2 visitors can see the installations for themselves and decide which one they prefer. Students from the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in Kent were last year’s winners and the college will be represented again alongside York College, the University of Glamorgan, Barking and Dagenham College and The Da Vinci School in Stevenage.
Locos In A Different Light, sponsored by AC Special Projects, opens between 6.30pm and 10pm each night. For details visit nrm.org.uk.
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