Mallard returns to York

York Press: Union of South Africa towing Mallard to Shildon earlier this month, pictured in steam near Northallerton Union of South Africa towing Mallard to Shildon earlier this month, pictured in steam near Northallerton

THERE was a hero’s return for Mallard as the “celebrity loco” rolled back into York following a year of celebrations to mark the anniversary of its most famous journey.

The Mallard 75 events drew hundreds of thousands of visitors and saw the famous engine tour the UK as steam railway fans commemorated its record breaking 125mph run at Stoke Bank near Grantham.

The celebrations drew to a close yesterday when the engine arrived back in York from its residence at the National Railway Museum in Shildon.

There it was on display with all five of its sister A4 engines, and together they drew more than 100,000 visitors.

Tobias Lumb, senior project manager at the National Railway Museum, was in charge of the Mallard 75 celebrations.

He said: “The Mallard 75 season has been a phenomenal success and thanks go to our sponsor Hornby for helping us to make it happen.

“Just under 120,000 visitors came to see Mallard and all five surviving sisters at our Shildon site – an average of 15,000 a day – which should leave a lasting legacy for that region and for the whole of the UK in terms of creating a new generation of rail fans.

“At all three of our Mallard 75 events you could spot families including all three or even four generations, which is what our showcase of the six steam giants was all about.”

The National Railway Museum marked the anniversary by gathering all six A4 Pacific class engines – Mallard, Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D Eisenhower, Dominion of Canada, Bittern and Union of South Africa.

The Shildon event – the Great Goodbye – was the last chance railway buffs had to see the six engines together.

Mr Lumb said: “Now The Great Goodbye is over, Mallard can be seen from tomorrow in York’s Great Hall and will be back in pride of place round the turntable in the coming weeks to tell the story of high speed travel in the 1930s, along with LMS counterpart Duchess of Hamilton.

“With our half-term Train For The Tracks activities extended due to popular demand, we hope the people of York will visit to give our celebrity loco a hero’s welcome.”

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6:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Digeorge says...

This was kept quiet as usually my partner knows about these things.

Any how, I saw it at York Station this morning just as I was getting another train.

What a surprise!
This was kept quiet as usually my partner knows about these things. Any how, I saw it at York Station this morning just as I was getting another train. What a surprise! Digeorge
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6:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Digeorge says...

Sorry it was Sir Nigel Gresley that I saw today. But still a little surprised.
Sorry it was Sir Nigel Gresley that I saw today. But still a little surprised. Digeorge
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9:34pm Tue 25 Feb 14

gwen4me says...

Found out today the A1 society are planning to build a P2 gresley loco, which were on the Edinburgh Aberdeen route. They did well getting Tornado built and running!
Found out today the A1 society are planning to build a P2 gresley loco, which were on the Edinburgh Aberdeen route. They did well getting Tornado built and running! gwen4me
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8:24am Wed 26 Feb 14

Starboard22 says...

Don't forget you have to donate £60 to York City Council first and join the 40,000 other visitors who have been swindled.
Don't forget you have to donate £60 to York City Council first and join the 40,000 other visitors who have been swindled. Starboard22
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11:44am Wed 26 Feb 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

“At all three of our Mallard 75 events you could spot families including all three or even four generations, which is what our showcase of the six steam giants was all about.”

Well, that's my lottery numbers sorted out for this weekend...
“At all three of our Mallard 75 events you could spot families including all three or even four generations, which is what our showcase of the six steam giants was all about.” Well, that's my lottery numbers sorted out for this weekend... Ignatius Lumpopo
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1:40am Thu 27 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
“At all three of our Mallard 75 events you could spot families including all three or even four generations, which is what our showcase of the six steam giants was all about.”

Well, that's my lottery numbers sorted out for this weekend...
3,7,5,3,4...?

There might be a small problem with that.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: “At all three of our Mallard 75 events you could spot families including all three or even four generations, which is what our showcase of the six steam giants was all about.” Well, that's my lottery numbers sorted out for this weekend...[/p][/quote]3,7,5,3,4...? There might be a small problem with that. Magicman!
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