Fifty years before this footage was shot, on July 3rd 1938, a streamlined locomotive of the London North Eastern Railway shot to everlasting fame by breaking the world speed record for steam. The speed achieved that day on the Stoke Bank, 126 miles per hour, was never equaled by any other steam locomotive. The A4 Pacific No. 4468, named Mallard, was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for work on high speed passenger trains, a task which she performed admirably until she was withdrawn from service in 1963.
This program follows the fully restored Mallard in 1988, the 50th anniversary of her record breaking run. It starts with the boiler test and a special run for filming in the York-Harrogate-Leeds-York Circle during which driver Harry Wilson's efforts in the cab were recorded on the very day he retired.
Many shots of the Mallard in action and returning to service. A must have for railfans.
Running time approx 60 minutes.
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