Mallard back in Grantham

The Mallard locomotive, the fastest steam locomotive in history, when it reached 126 miles an hour, is back in Grantham today where it achieved the record.

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Mallard tells Story of Speed in Grantham

Mallard at the National Railway Museum Credit: PA

World-record setting steam locomotive Mallard is at Grantham Station this weekend as part of the town's Story of Speed festival. It's 50 years since the locomotive was last in the town.

Mallard broke the world record at Stoke Bridge near Grantham in 1938, hitting 125.88 mph, a record which still remains unbroken.


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Mallard is star attraction at Grantham Station

This weekend the steam locomotive Mallard will be the star attraction at Grantham Station. In the summer of 1938 she sped past the town setting a new world speed record.

Today business leaders from across the country gathered for a sneak preview of this famous engine and an insight into some of the opportunities Lincolnshire has to offer. But for many the next few days celebrating the 'Story of Speed' can't come soon enough.

Fastest ever steam locomotive returning to Grantham

The Midlands town of Grantham in Lincolnshire is expecting thousands of visitors when the fastest ever steam locomotive, Mallard returns to the town after a 50 year absence.

The event is part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the 126mph speed record set by Mallard just south of Grantham at Stoke Bank on 3, July, 1938.

The Mallard as it looks today Credit: ITV News Central

Revered railway gathering for world's faster locomotive

Seventy-five years ago today, a new world record was set deep in the Midlands countryside.

In 1938, the steam locomotive Mallard went faster than any other engine before – setting a new record which still stands today.

At the National Railway Museum in York, all six of the last A4 locomotives met – two which came from across the Atlantic.

Andy Bevan went along to 'The Great Gathering'.

Railway Museum: 'Mallard exhibition is a once in a lifetime event'

The Senior Curator at the National Railway Museum in York, Anthony Coulls, says the Mallard exhibition of all surviving A4 locomotives – including two from America and Canada, is a once in a lifetime event.

The cosmetically restored Dwight D Eisenhower from America and the Dominion of Canada have been shipped to Britain to celebrate the 75 anniversary of the Mallard, which became the worlds fastest steam locomotive in 1938.

The Mallard was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley who was born in Netherseal in Derbyshire.


Mallard driver: These trains were the 'racehorses'

Ron Birch, who made his living by driving the world's fastest steam train, said the locomotives were "the racehorses".

He said: "You only had to open them and they were off - but the brakes weren't very good."

Ron Birch, a former fireman and driver on the Mallard inside the cab of the locomotive Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Mr Birch regularly drove various A4-class locos, including the Mallard, on high-speed, long distance routes.

The Mallard, which was designed by a Derbyshire man was reunited with sister trains at a 75th anniversary event today.

Record anniversary is 'once-in-a-lifetime' celebration

Seventy five years to the day since it set the record for the fastest steam locomotive, the Mallard was reunited with its sister locomotives at an anniversary event.

A general view showing the Mallard locomotive Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley who was born in Netherseal in Derbyshire, the record was set in the Lincolnshire countryside.

The event, which was held this morning at the National Railway Museum in York was described as "a once-in-a-lifetime celebration" by organisers.

The 'Great Reunion' of four A4 UK-based locomotives (left to right) Union of South Africa, Sir Nigel Gresley, Bittern and Mallard in 2008 Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Anthony Coulls, the museum's senior curator of rail vehicle collections said: "The gathering of the six locomotives is the jewel in the crown really."

Mallard locomotive travelled a total of 1,500,000 miles

Seventy five years ago today the Mallard steam locomotive travelled at speeds that remain unmatched by any other steam train, three-quarters of a century later.

  • 35 A4-class locomotives were built for London and North East Railways between 1935 and 1938, of which only six survive
  • 240 minutes was the target time when the Mallard and other A4s served on the London to Newcastle run
  • The Mallard had travelled 1,500,000 miles by the time it retired in 1963
  • The locomotive weighs 165 tonnes and is 70 feet long
  • Four tonnes of coal was shovelled by the Mallard's fireman on an average trip between London and Yorkshire

The locomotive was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley who was born in Netherseal in Derbyshire.

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