SIX A4s FOR MALLARD CELEBRATION


On 3 July 1938, A4 class locomotive Mallard raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set a new steam locomotive world record. That record still stands. This year the National Railway Museum is marking the 75th anniversary of Mallard's achievement with a series of commemorative events including a never-before-seen gathering of all six surviving A4s at York in July.

Two A4s - Dominion of Canada and Dwight D Eisenhower - have been temporarily repatriated from Canada and the US. Both locomotives are being cosmetically restored in time for the anniversary celebrations, and Mallard has also been given a new coat of paint in keeping with its status as the world's fastest locomotive.

Dwight D. Eisenhower's cosmetic restoration in now complete. After travelling over 2,500 miles across the Atlantic, Dwight's journey to join the celebrations is nearly over. The loco’s current B.R Green livery has been refreshed, more than 70 litres of paint and varnish were used to ensure the historic loco is on top form for July's event. Dwight can be seen from the workshop balcony while the varnish dries and will then be moved into the Great Halll. Union of Canada, is also receiving a makeover and can be seen at the sister museum in Shildon.

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