Public invited for farewell as Mallard and Tornado leave York and head for Shildon

By Culture24 Staff | 18 June 2010
a photo of a blue streamlined steam locomotive pulling a train through the countryside

Courtesy National Railway Museum

Steam railway buffs will be heading to the National Railway Museum in York next week as two of the world's most famous locomotives prepare to move to a new home for the summer.

The Museum's famous Mallard, a world speed record breaker in 1938, will join Tornado, the new £3 million Peppercorn class A1 pacific steam locomotive built by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in Darlington.

United in the Museum's car park on June 22, visitors will be able to get up close to the two locos before they travel together to Locomotion, the NRM's sister Museum in Shildon, County Durham, on June 23.

Mallard will be pulled by Tornado to Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon, with visitors invited to both watch the pair leave and arrive at the new temporary home in Shildon.

"It's going to be a spectacular sight and we'd love for Mallard and Tornado fans to come to the Museum to watch them leave together on 23 June," said Steve Davies, Director of the NRM.

"Fitting in with mainline operating schedules means that we won't know exactly when Mallard will leave until nearer the time. But the public are welcome to witness the occasion no matter what time it occurs."

In case the departure time runs into the late evening or even the early hours of the morning, the locomotives will be displayed in the car park from 11am to give locomotive fans the chance to see the pair together.

"This will give more people a chance to see Mallard and Tornado together up close and have the opportunity to take some impressive photos, which I'm sure they will treasure for a long time," added Mr Davies.

The Museum will be open for visitors to use the toilets, and refreshments will be available from a food and drinks van on site leading up to the departure of the Mallard and Tornado.

Full details, including time of departure from the Museum, will be announced nearer the time. Keep an eye on for more details.

Read the Culture24 guest feature from the National Railway Museum celebrating the history and achievements of Mallard.

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