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Mallard leaves National Railway Museum to tour the East Coast Mainline
AFTER a summer of celebrations attracting tens of thousands of visitors, one of York’s most iconic figures has left the city for a journey around sites from its famous past.
Mallard has left the National Railway Museum to tour the East Coast Mainline, including both the site of its steam speed record and the town where it was built.
A small crowd gathered on York station at about 10am yesterday to watch as the Mallard was hauled away. It was pulled away by a diesel engine, and fans of both the steam engine and diesel locomotives turned out to witness its departure.
Celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s speed record brought almost140,000 visitors to the NRM during the two July weeks when all six A4 engines were on display.
Averaging more than 9,000 visitors per day, the museum said Mallard and its sister engines proved more popular than their Harry Potter-themed Wizard Week in 2012, a special Thomas the Tank Engine event in 2009 and Railfest in 2004.
Mallard’s popularity has also boosted the museum’s coffers as generous visitors gave more than £80,000 during those 15 days. While Mallard is away from York it will visit Grantham, where it set the steam speed record in 1938, for the Festival of Speed.
It will then drop in at Doncaster – where it was built – to take part in the St Leger festival, and the Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
In October the engine will make its way home for the Great Goodbye, the last chance to see all six A4 engines including the Dwight D Eisenhower and the Dominion of Canada together in York before they return to their home museums.
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