That Was The Year That Was

On 3 July 1938 LNER A4 Pacific 4468 reached a speed of 126mph between Grantham and Peterborough and created a world speed record for steam traction which still stands today.

1988 was a great year for commemorative anniversaries and top of the pile for the Museum and the Friends was Mallard 88.

Photo: ©Philip Benham


Mallard had been on display at the BTC Museum at Clapham from 1964 before coming to York for the opening of the NRM in 1975 .The Museum and Friends shared an aspiration to have 4468 operating again for the fiftieth anniversary of the record run. The Friends initiated a public appeal and undertook to finance her restoration to main line running standards