Mallard : How the `Blue Streak' Broke the World Speed Record

Mallard : How the `Blue Streak' Broke the World Speed Record

Book Title: Mallard : How the `Blue Streak' Broke the World Speed Record

Author: George Bradshaw

Format: Paperback | 216 pages

Publication Date: 01 May 2020

ISBN-13: 9780750991513

JUST over eighty years ago on the East Coast main line, the streamlined A4 Pacific locomotive Mallard reached a top speed of 126mph - a world record for steam locomotives that still stands. Since then, millions have seen this famous locomotive, resplendent in her blue livery, on display at the National Railway Museum in York.

Here, Don Hale tells the full story of how the record was broken: from the nineteenth-century London-Scotland speed race and, surprisingly, traces Mallard's futuristic design back to the Bugatti car and the influence of Germany's nascent Third Reich, which propelled the train into an instrument of national prestige. He also celebrates Mallard's designer, Sir Nigel Gresley, one of Britain's most gifted engineers. Mallard is a wonderful tribute to one of British technology's finest hours.