The Mallard … record breaker 75 Years on.


Picture of Mallard taken in July 1951

This is a picture of the Mallard. It is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive built at Doncaster, England in 1938. The A4 class was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to power high-speed streamlined trains. It is historically significant because it is the holder of the world speed record for steam locomotives.
Mallard set the record at a speed of 126 mph exactly 75 years ago today on July 3rd, 1938. This record still holds. At the controls was driver Joe Duddington. This Pathe News clip was released in May 1944 to mark Joe’s retirement.
Mallard covered almost one and a half million miles in service before it was retired in 1963. It is now at the National Railway Museum in York.


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