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'Mallard', London & North Eastern Railway locomotive no 4468, 1938.

'Mallard', London & North Eastern Railway locomotive no 4468, 1938.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


'Mallard' pulling a Friends of the National Railway Museum 10th anniversary special, 'The Scarborough Flyer', heading for Scarborough via the Harrogate-Leeds-York loop, 26 April 1987. The A4 Pacific class 'Mallard' was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley (1876-1941), the chief engineer of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). On Sunday 3 July 1938, the 4-6-2 locomotive reached a speed of 126 mph (203 kph) on a straight stretch of track between Grantham and Peterborough, achieving a new world speed record for steam locomotives which remains unbroken to this day.

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