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Mallard 75

A series of commemorative events in 2013, including a never-before-seen line up of all six surviving A4s at York.

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On 3 July 1938, Mallard raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set a new steam locomotive world record. That record still stands.

In 2013, we're marking the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s achievement with a series of commemorative events including a never-before-seen line up of all six surviving A4s at York in July.

Two A4s – Dominion of Canada and Dwight D Eisenhower – have been temporarily repatriated from Canada and the US. Both locomotives will be cosmetically restored and Mallard will be refurbished and given a new coat of paint.

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Events now and upcoming (updated 17 October 2012)

17–19 Oct 2012 and 22 Oct onwards: Dwight D Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada on display in Shildon's Collection Building They are currently in the Collection Building.

19–20 Oct 2012: A4 evening photography lineup Photograph Dwight D Eisenhower, Dominion of Canada and Union of South Africa together. Times to be confirmed. Admission is by pre-booked ticket only: tickets cost £60. Email 30742 Charters on mail.30742@btinternet.com to apply for tickets.

20–21 Oct 2012: A4 event FREE. Dwight D Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada will be on the concrete apron in front of the Collection Building. Passenger brake van rides with Union of South Africa will be available throughout the day (a small charge applies to rides.)

The story so far


How many A4s are there?

35 A4s were built, but only six survive:

  • Mallard is part of the National Collection and here at the National Railway Museum
  • Union of South Africa is in the UK, and operational
  • Sir Nigel Gresley is in the UK, and operational
  • Bittern / Dominion of New Zealand is in the UK, and operational
  • Dominion of Canada is in Montreal, Canada
  • Dwight D Eisenhower is in Wisconsin, USA

Will Mallard be steamed for the anniversary?

No – we want to focus on making sure Mallard is on public display in the museum as much as possible, where it can be enjoyed up close by thousands of visitors. Three of the five other A4s are already operational, so there’s plenty of opportunity for people to see A4s in steam.

When did the locomotives from the US and Canada arrive here?

They arrived on 3 October after being shipped across the Atlantic to Liverpool. They're being loaned to us for two years. At the moment, the plan is for all six A4s to be together for a month at York in July 2013, followed by an event at Shildon in early 2014.

What will the restoration work involve?

Dominion of Canada will be be converted to its 1937 form - Garter Blue with a valanced single chimney, complete with Canadian bell and chime whistle. You'll be able to see this happening in the workshop at Shildon.

Dwight D Eisenhower will have its existing BR Green livery refreshed. You can come and see this happening in the workshop at York from early October 2012.

Mallard will be refurbished and get a fresh coat of paint.

Dwight D Eisenhower photo by Nelson Minar used under Creative Commons

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