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A‘Mallard', London & North Eastern Railway locomotive no 4468, 1938

'Mallard' pulling a Friends of the National Railway Museum 10th anniversary special, 'The Scarborough Flyer', heading for Scarborough via the Harrogate-Leeds-York loop, 26 April 1987. The A4 Pacific class 'Mallard' was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley (1876-1941), the chief engineer of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). On Sunday 3 July 1938, the 4-6-2 locomotive reached a speed of 126 mph (203 kph) on a straight stretch of track between Grantham and Peterborough, achieving a new world speed record for steam locomotives which remains unbroken to this day.

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Coronation A4 Class steam locomotive crosses the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick-upon-Tweed

Coronation A4 Class steam locomotive crosses the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick-upon-Tweed, 1937. The Coronation is crossing the bridge (opened by Queen Victoria, 1850) hauled by 'Dominion of Canada' No 4489. This engine was presented with a Canadian railway type bell by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1938, and was mounted in front of the chimney. The train consists of the summer formation of four articulated pairs of coaches and observation car.

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City of Truro' 4-4-0 'City' class steam locomotive, No 3440, 1903. This

City of Truro' 4-4-0 'City' class steam locomotive, No 3440, 1903. This locomotive was designed by William Dean for the Great Western Railway and built at Swindon in 1903. It is reputed to be the first locomotive to travel at a speed of over 100 mph, reaching a speed of 102.3 mph at White Ball, Somerset, in 1904. The City of Truro was withdrawn from general service in 1931, but after full restoration in the 1950s, has been used to haul occasional special trains. Here, the locomotive is shown hauling a special excursion train on the York to Scarborough line, c 1970s.

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