Iconic A4 Mallard to return to Grantham

Published: 10:46AM Jun 14th, 2013
By: Chris Milner

World speed record holder, A4 No. 4468 Mallard, is being prepared to return to Grantham, 75 years after achieving 126mph on Stoke bank, south of the town, on July 3, 1938.

Iconic A4 Mallard to return to Grantham

Mallard at Barkston, before the record run on July 3, 1938.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Grantham over the weekend of September 7/8 for celebrations that will see the iconic loco displayed close to the railway station. The last time that Mallard was in Grantham was 50 years ago when in BR service.

The event is receiving world-wide interest and for the event a partnership involving the National Railway Museum, South Kesteven District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Carillion Rail (who will re-lay the track), East Coast and Network Rail has been formed.

Special permission has been granted by the NRM for Mallard to leave its home in York - only the second time this has happened in recent years.

Mallard will be joined by other historic exhibits as part of a free East Coast ‘Story of Speed’ display, giving visitors a close-up view of the steam icon, as well as a chance to view a ‘Deltic’ locomotive – Mallard’s high speed diesel successor.

Also on display will be streamlined racing cars of the 1930s inspired by the Mallard design, and examples of Grantham’s engineering heritage.

An exhibition will track how Britain's first high speed railway was created against international competition.

There will also be miniature train rides, vintage bus travel and local heritage society displays as well as children’s rides and local food.

Coun Frances Cartwright from South Kesteven District Council said:  “The festival underlines Grantham’s brilliant location on the UK’s fastest north-south rail route and emphasises the wider economic opportunities for businesses looking to relocate to Lincolnshire with its rich engineering heritage.”

Responses to “Iconic A4 Mallard to return to Grantham”

Current Issue: Apr 2016

Issue Apr 2016

FREE 16 page HST 40th anniversary supplement
Barrow Hill scoops £1.2m lottery award
Virgin unveils the 'Azuma'
Lazarus Lines
: Lynton & Barnstaple
Tamar Valley in focus
How the Easter Rising was remembered by CIE

PLUS:

Buy this issue now

• Next issue on sale: May 4, 2016

Issue 1381

Issue 1381
Apr 2016

Britain's best-selling rail title

Subscribe and get this issue

Other News

Virgin East Coast unveils 'Azuma'

Virgin East Coast unveils 'Azuma'

VIRGIN Trains East Coast (VTEC) has revealed the livery and brand name for its new fleet of 140mph Hitachi IEP ...

Read More »

£800million plan to increase Waterloo's capacity by 30%

£800million plan to increase Waterloo's capacity by 30%

THREE years of work together with an investment of £800million will increase the peak-time capacity of London’s busiest railway station ...

Read More »

View all...

Advertisements

Related magazines:

Heritage Railway magazine Rail Express magazine Old Glory magazine
 

Use our handy tool to find your nearest stockist!
Find your nearest Stockist

Read on-line as a digital issue:

Read on Android

Read on an iPad

Available on Pocket Mags

Advertising Deadline:

May 2016 issue - April 22, 2016
June 2016 issue - May 19, 2016

Book advertising here

Next Issue Out:

May 4, 2016

Advertisements