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The blue Mallard steam train travels along the rail with stream billowing from its chimney.
‘Mallard', London & North Eastern Railway locomotive no 4468, 1938. National Railway Museum/ Science Museum/ SSPL

On July 3rd 1938, A4 class locomotive Mallard sped down Stoke Bank on the East Coast Main Line in Lincolnshire at 126mph, setting a new locomotive world speed record. This record still stands today. 

The 4468 Mallard was built by London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster. Designed by Nigel Gresley (1876-1941), its wind-tunnel tested, aerodynamic body and high power meant it could easily reach speeds of 100 mph. Following the record attempt Mallard went into regular service until it was retired in 1963.

In 2013, the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s record breaking run is being celebrated by the National Railway Museum. Mallard and its five surviving sister engines will be brought together for the first time, including two from Canada and the USA.

Science Museum

North East
Stoke Bank near Grantham, Lincolnshire
Key Individuals
Nigel Gresley, LNER,