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Dwight D. Eisenhower locomotive returns to its roots
10:04am Friday 7th December 2012 in News
An historic train has come home to Yorkshire after completing an epic Transatlantic voyage.
Doncaster-built Dwight D. Eisenhower, sister train to record-breaker Mallard, travelled thousands of miles after spending almost 40 years on American soil.
The train is currently being restored at York’s National Railway Museum in preparation for next year’s 75th anniversary of Mallard breaking the world speed record in 1938. All six surviving A4 locomotives will be displayed together – a sight never seen before.
Bob Gwynne, curator at the NRM, said: “Given Mallard’s status, it was only fitting that its sister locomotives enjoy some time in the spotlight after their historic homecoming.”
Mallard gained fame as a national icon after beating the speed record then set by Hitler’s Third Reich in 1936. The famous train retired in 1963.