|R240||Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Mallard Speed Record||£25.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 03/07/2013
Issue Name: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Mallard Speed Record
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On 3rd July 1938, A4 class locomotive Mallard raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set a new steam locomotive world speed record. That record still stands 75 years on. To mark this great achievement we have produced this stunning cover.
On 3rd July 1938, A4 class locomotive Mallard raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set a new steam locomotive world speed record. That record still stands 75 years on.
The record was achieved on the downward grade of Stoke Bank south of Grantham on the East Coast Main Line, and the highest speed at at 126mph was recorded at milepost 90 1/4 between Little Bytham and Essendine. It broke the German (DRG Class 05) 002's 1936 record of 124.5mph (200.4km/h).
It was felt that 130mph (210km/h) was possible, and both Driver Joe Duddington and LNER Inspector Sid Jenkins indicated that they thought this could have been achieved had they not had to slow down for the curves at Essendine.
One of 35 A4 Pacifics built during the 1930s, Mallard was the perfect vehicle to achieve this feat. Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to power high speed trains the A4s were high powered, sleek and aerodynamic. Mallard was the first of the class to be built with a double chimney and double kylchap blastpipe, giving improved exhaust flow at speed.
It is said that another attempt in September 1939 was planned but was prevented by the outbreak of World War II.
On 3rd July 2013, Mallard celebrates 75 years since achieving the world speed record for steam locomotives. To commemorate this date all six of the surviving Class A4 locomotives will gather around the turntable in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum at York for a two week 'Great Gathering'
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