It was finally retired from traffic in 1961, and passed into the National Collection (based at the National Railway Museum, York, as a static exhibit. The locomotive was restored once more in 1984 to take part in the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Great Western Railway. City Of Truro was recently restored to full working order, at a cost of £130,000 to mark the 100th anniversary of its record-breaking run.
And so it was on May 9th that the City of Truro picked up a train of 'ocean mails' recently arrived at Plymouth on a trans-Atlantic steamer from San Francisco, and made ready for the 128-mile trip to Bristol, from where she was later bound for a stop at Swindon, en route to London.
The City of Truro was due to be one of the centrepieces of the National Railway Museum's Railfest 2004 - a major event celebrating a number of railway milestones, in York from May 29th until June 6th, 2004.
The City of Truro was originally numbered 3717 but had been renumbered as 3440 by the time of her 100mph run.
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