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An afternoon at the museum VI

A4 class 'Dwight D. Eisenhower' and the famous 'Mallard' holder of the world speed record for steam locomotives at 125.88 mph, set in July 1938. I remember taking my young son to see A4 class 'Sir Nigel Gresley' run through Beaconsfield in the late 1980's on special steam runs from Marylebone and also taking him on a Santa Claus special on the 'Flying Scotsman' from Marylebone around the same time, including going on to the footplate.

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It looks like the Mallard is wrapped in plastic...?
John Prior: It certainly had a high gloss polish, loads of reflections.
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2013, 00:50
Wow! Fabulous shot of a magnificent machine. I wish I could get up close and personal smile
John Prior: These certainly are classic beasts
is this the one in york? i understand the front of the loco must be like that for more efficient aerodynamics, but it looks a bit featureless to me
John Prior: Yes, still at the National Railway Museum in York, aerodynamics helped it achieve the world speed record for steam locomotives.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Aug 2013, 07:35
Isn't it just such a beautiful thing..
John Prior: Back in the day when we were leaders not followers.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Aug 2013, 10:37
That's one smooth operator, John!
John Prior: Indeed it helps to be slippery when speed is needed.
You would love to see them in steam again! I remember seeing Sir Nigel Gresley going through High Wycombe, I think that must have been back in the late 80's. We met up with some friends who are stream fans in a big way!
John Prior: That would have been the same time, but a bit further down the line.
Great depth in this shot. Such a streamlined machine.
John Prior: It is a bit cramped in there from a photographic point of view with so many locomotives around the turntable.
And to think back in the 50's my friend and I used to stand on the platform at Hitchin and watch these beautiful machines blast their way through on the way to and from the north.
John Prior: They certainly look great
Ohh,just beautiful,John.
Ooooh - shiny!!! smile Love your point of view!
Nice piece of engineering history. Its lines still look impressive.

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