Saturday, 26 January 2008

The Mallard

The Mallard was, and still is, the fastest steam locomotive in the world.

It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, an engineering genius who had already produced a world-beater in The Flying Scotsman.

To Gresley it became a matter of national pride to break the record. He built and carefully prepared the streamlined Mallard – The Blue Streak – and finally, on 3 July 1938, Mallard reached a top speed of 126mph (202kmph), claiming an unassailable place in the railway hall of fame. Its record is unlikely ever to be challenged.


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