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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', at Poppleton, York, on the single line section of the Harrogate branch, 22 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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