SK9135 : Grantham Festival of Speed 2013

taken 6 years ago, near to Grantham, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Grantham Festival of Speed 2013
Grantham Festival of Speed 2013
Crowds of visitors photographing, and having their photographs taken alongside, the preserved steam locomotive Mallard at the Festival of Speed at Grantham Railway Station.
Grantham Festival of Speed 2013
Over the weekend of 7th and 8th of September, The famous locomotive Mallard was the centrepiece of a free East Coast 'Festival of Speed' open 10am - 5pm each day at Grantham railway station.

The event formed part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of when the speed record was set just south of Grantham at Stoke Bank when the A4 Class steam locomotive hit 126mph on 3rd July, 1938 (Mallard75 LinkExternal link National Rail Museum).

The National Railway Museum reported, via its Facebook page, that the Grantham Festival of Speed attracted over 15,000 visitors over the weekend.

LinkExternal link Festival website
LinkExternal link BBC News Lincolnshire
LinkExternal link Grantham Journal

LinkExternal link Collection of photos (South Kesteven District Council Facebook page)
4468 Mallard
Number 4468 Mallard is a London and North Eastern Railway Class A4 Pacific steam locomotive built at Doncaster in 1938. It is historically significant because it is the holder of the world speed record for steam locomotives at 125.88 mph. The record was achieved on 3 July 1938 on the slight downward grade of Stoke Bank, south of Grantham on the East Coast Main Line, and the highest speed was recorded at milepost 90, between Little Bytham and Essendine.

The A4 class was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to power high-speed streamlined trains. The aerodynamically designed body and high power allowed the class to reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h), although in everyday service it was relatively uncommon for any steam hauled service in the UK to reach even 90 mph.

Mallard covered almost one and a half million miles (2.4 million km) before it was retired in 1963. It was restored to working order in the 1980s, but has not operated since, apart from hauling some specials between York and Scarborough in July 1986 and a couple of runs between York and Harrogate/Leeds around Easter 1987. Mallard is now part of the National Collection at the United Kingdom's National Railway Museum in York

The locomotive is 70 ft (21 m) long and weighs 165 tons, including the tender. It is painted LNER garter blue with red wheels and steel rims.

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