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Mallard 75 - Shildon

The 6 A4s become reunited again for our Great Goodbye in Shildon between 15-23 February. For a truly special evening, there are still spaces available for the Gala Dinner on 21 February.

We are expecting large numbers of visitors to Shildon during the week. Planning a visit? Take time to read this information.

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Hornby is the main sponsor of our Mallard 75 series of events and activities.

HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of the Mallard 75 series of events and activities.

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On 3 July 1938, the A4 class locomotive Mallard raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set a new steam locomotive world speed record. It's a record that still stands.

In 2013, we're marking the 75th anniversary of Mallard's achievement with the Mallard 75 series of commemorative events, including spectacular opportunities to see the world's fastest locomotive united with its five surviving sister locomotives.

Only six of the 35 A4 locomotives built survive in the world. We've temporarily repatriated Dwight D Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada from their home museums in Canada and the US for our celebrations.

When is the next opportunity for me to see the 6 A4's together?
In York's Great Hall from 26 October until the 8 November and then in Shildon from 15-23 February 2014. As part of our main museum offering, these are both free and un-ticketed - simply arrive at the Museum.

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What's on now

See Mallard and the repatriated A4s

Now - February 2014. FREE
Until early February next year you can see Mallard, Bittern, Dwight D Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada on display in the Great Hall in York.

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See all six A4s together

Autumn Great Gathering (York)

26 October–8 November 2013. 10am-6pm. FREE and non-ticketed
A second chance to see Mallard and its sisters around the turntable at York. Selected evenings are part of the annual Illuminating York festival (see below).

Locos in a Different Light

30 October-2 November 2013. Times: 6:30 - 10pm. FREE and non-ticketed
As part of our annual competition, students will illuminate the A4s in spectacular lighting. Find out more.

A Grand Thirties Gathering

7 November 2013. Times: 7:30 - 11pm. £45
A chance to say goodbye to the six streamlined 1930's locomotives before they leave York's Great Hall at this thirties-themed informal dining event. Enjoy a sumptuous vintage buffet menu inspired by the food served on the routes travelled by the A4s. Relive the golden age of steam with like-minded people and surround yourself with classic sounds of the era. Guests will also benefit from cab access. Dress code - lounge suits however a 1930's inspiration is welcome. Book a place online or call 01904 621261.

The Great Goodbye (Shildon)

15-23 February 2014, Shildon. 10am-5pm. FREE and non-ticketed
The last chance to see all six A4 locomotives together before the repatriated locomotives return to their home museums in late spring/early summer 2014.

Please note: All the above events involve operational locomotives and therefore are subject to change at short notice.

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Special photography events

Want to avoid the crowds? Sign up for one of our exclusive events, where numbers are limited. Please note all events involving operational locomotives are subject to change at short notice.

Autumn Great Gathering exclusive access mornings (York)

9, 10 and 11 November, £15
See the six A4s around the turntable, have a coffee in our Mallard café and visit our gift shops to buy your Great Gathering souvenirs all without the crowds. Tickets are limited to just 50 people for these exclusive access events. Book online or call 01904 621261.

Mallard 75 at the National Railway Museum

Pictures, Pies and Pacifics (York)

Spaces available on 9 November - £22.50
Take pictures of the six surviving A4 Pacific class locomotives at our exclusive early evening events, where numbers are limited to 130 people. Included in the ticket price is a hot Yorkshire-themed supper of pie, peas and parkin plus tea/coffee. Book your place.

The Great Goodbye photography evenings (Shildon)

17- 20 February 2014. 6pm-9pm. £90
Photograph a classic line-up of the six surviving A4s, in light steam where possible, outside the Collections Building at the National Railway Museum at Shildon. SOLD OUT.

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Other events

Tales from the Tracks

26 October 2013. 2.30pm-3.30pm. FULLY BOOKED
Hear first-hand stories from former drivers and firemen that answered the museum's appeal to find the crew who manned Mallard and sisters. Ask your questions and find out what it was really like to work on board the footplate of an A4 locomotive powering down the mainline during the glory days of steam.

Mallard experience

Price - Adults £4, Children £3
Don't miss out on our spectacular state-of-the-art 12 seater simulator ride located in the Great Hall. Recreating Mallard's record breaking run this is the only place for you to experience the sounds, sights and smells of the world's fastest steam locomotive. Find out more.

Book signings

26 October and 2 November - 11am-12pm. Great Hall shop
Richard Hardy, author of 'Life on the Lines' and Don Hale, author of 'Mallard: How the 'Blue Streak' Broke the World Steam Speed Record' will be signing their respective books in the Great Hall shop.

It's Quicker by Rail: speed and railway advertising

4 July-10 November. 10am-6pm. FREE
This exhibition of posters and photographs from the 1930s to today explores how railway companies have presented train travel as time-saving, simple and easy. Find out more about the exhibition on the It's Quicker by Rail page.

Curator Talks

Fascinating insights delivered by our experts. These talks are free but you will need to book.

Date Description Time Venue
Wed 30 October The restoration of Dwight D.Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada 2:30 - 3:30pm Mallard Suite
Thurs 31 October Speed on linen and paper - the A4 Pacifics in our archive collection 2:30 - 3:30pm Mallard Suite
Fri 1 November Mallard and A4 Pacifics caught in photos and film 2:30 - 3:30pm Mallard Suite
Sat 2 November Mallard in steam - tales from the footplate and support coach 2:30 - 3:30pm Mallard Suite
Mon 4 November Rocket to TGV - two centuries of railway record breakers 2:30 - 3:30pm Mallard Suite

Headboard auction

For our Mallard 75 celebrations, we commissioned six 'Great Gathering' headboards which are being displayed on the A4 throughout our season of celebratory events. We are now offering rail fans a unique opportunity to own one of these specially-designed headboards via a sealed bids auction. The money raised will support the work of the museum in caring for the National Collection. Read more about submitting your bid here. Closing date 6pm 23 February 2014. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Other ways to celebrate Mallard 75

For those wanting to celebrate Mallard's achievement in this anniversary year, we have a full range of Mallard products available via our online shop.

The staff of our archive and library centre have created additional material for your research on popular locomotives. Download the latest Mallard 75 resource pack here.

The Story So Far

Background: 'Skegness is so Bracing' LNER Poster