The 75th anniversary of the world steam speed record being broken by Mallard, on July 3, is a hotly anticipated date for rail heritage fans. For those unable to wait, the National Railway Museum has launched a 75-day countdown to the national celebration.
In Doncaster, where Mallard was built in 1938, a flag has been officially flown above the city’s Mansion House. Clifford’s Tower – the remains of William the Conqueror’s York Castle – also had an image of the mighty engine projected onto it to commemorate the countdown.
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“It’s a massive thing for Yorkshire that this British engineering icon was both built and resides in the county,” said Gary Verity, of organisers Welcome to Yorkshire.
“It will be the focus of national and global attention in this anniversary year.
“The whole of the region will be joining the National Railway Museum in counting down the days until 3 July.”
Visitors are expected to visit York from the US, Canada and Australia when the museum unites all six survivors of the A4 class engine for the first time.
Two Doncaster-built locomotives – the Dominion of Canada and Dwight D Eisenhower – have been repatriated from North America to join the stirring display.
“Doncaster is proud of being the city that gave Mallard and its sisters to the world,” said Tourism Manager Colin Joy.
“We are hoping to run a number of events celebrating the anniversary and our railway heritage, including a special exhibition at the Doncaster Museum showcasing Cuneo masterpiece Giants Refreshed and other Gresley A4-related artefacts.”
The central event, the Great Gathering, will run for two weeks at the National Railway Museum.