Category Archives: Mallard 75

The Great Gathering: a remarkable reunion of locomotives and boilers.

Whatever its fame and history, a locomotive can also be seen as a collection of skilfully designed, manufactured and maintained components, with the locomotives frames often considered the source of its identify, and other parts frequently swapped between different locomotives … Continue reading

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Our poster collection is growing

The National Railway Museum posters are a captivating collection comprising more than 11,300 items dating from 1804 to the present day. The collection includes examples from the pre-grouping railway companies, the Big Four, British Railways and some items from private … Continue reading

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How to paint the world’s fastest steam loco

Today’s guest blog was written by Ian Hewitt from Heritage Painting, the great team who cosmetically restored Mallard and Dwight D. Eisenhower.  In spring last year we were asked by the museum to quote for the repainting of two LNER … Continue reading

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Mallard 75 – the story so far

It’s been an amazing year as over 200,000 people from across the world have joined us here in York to celebrate Mallard’s world steam speed record. I’ve been following the progress of the A4s since I saw Dominion of Canada … Continue reading

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Travelling with the A4s, a model story.

Today’s guest blog was written by Simon Kohler from Hornby. During our Autumn Gathering, Simon talks about the effect the A4s have had on both his personal and professional life. I well remember seeing my first A4 locomotive. It was … Continue reading

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Scribbling on A4

In the early hours of April 29th 1942, York suffered its heaviest air raid of the War – 94 people were killed or fatally wounded. The railway facilities, being a crucial strategic transport hub, were heavily bombed. Amongst other damage, … Continue reading

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How Mallard inspired a nation.

We’re really busy here getting ready for the anniversary of Mallard’s world steam speed record but I thought I’d take a minute to share just how important the famous blue streak actually is. I’ll leave it to the curators to … Continue reading

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A fish-eye view of Mallard

Today’s guest blog has been written by Vancouver-based photographer Derek Hayes. He’s one of many ‘Mallard 75 pilgrims’ travelling from all over the world for next weeks celebrations. Below he takes you through his novel idea for a unique photo … Continue reading

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How Mallard inspired a rock band

Hi, my name is Sam and I handle the social media channels for the museum. As we prepare for Mallard 75 celebrations, I’ve started to look at the many ways Mallard, the world’s fastest steam loco, has inspired people;  from appearing on … Continue reading

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Loco speedometers and track-destroying trains

Our library and archive centre is a busy part of the museum. Our visitor numbers show that we’re helping more researchers find the answer to their questions every year. But sometimes we’re contacted by researchers who can’t make the journey … Continue reading

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