All aboard the Mighty Mallard

The Mighty Mallard Credit: Calendar news

An appeal's gone out for former drivers, firemen and inspectors on the Mallard to get in touch with York's National Railway Museum. It's to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the locomotive breaking the world steam speed record.

The Museum is hoping to arrange a 'drivers day' in October as part of its Mallard 75 series of events and activities of which HRH, the Prince of Wales is Patron.

Although several members of the crews that worked on the footplates of Mallard and her sisters are already speaking to the museum, the hunt is on to track down those who can tell the tale of the BR era, between 1948 and 1997.

Preparations for the anniversary on July 3rd are falling into place with Dominion of Canada getting the final finishing touches to a complex cosmetic restoration which has seen the mighty machine transform from shabby BR green to its 1930's streamlined garter blue glory.