July 04, 2013

Mallard steam train comes to York!

A world record-breaking locomotive yesterday celebrated its 75th anniversary in style. Here in York, that is indeed big news! So, we couldn’t resist posting this picture of Duncan Beal, owner and MD at YPS, and train spotter extraordinaire, looking suitably proud to be part of the celebrations!

On 3 July, 1938, the Mallard steam locomotive reached speeds of 126mph along the East Coast Main Line near Grantham and broke the world steam record – one that still stands today.

To celebrate, the LNER Class 4 steam engine was reunited with its five sister locomotives, including the Dominion of Canada and the Dwight D Eisenhower, for a “Great Gathering” at the National Railway Museum in York. It is the first time all six steam locomotives have been in the same venue.


  1. Highly recommend a trip to York.

  2. Hell, I didn't realise Duncan was old enough to have been married 75 years, what a long suffering lady Pauline must be.

    David Zelder

  3. This was a nice day out, not planned , and I got the Duncan "my York" history lesson, taking the picture was a delight he was really Chuffed, we had to move a few folk, not sure if the 44 68 is his chest and belly?

  4. 4468 is the code to get into his wallet


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