Steam fans from around the world have been arriving in York, England, to see the world’s fastest steam locomotive, Mallard, be reunited with its five surviving sister engines at the National Railway Museum.
The ‘Great Gathering‘ has seen the historic blue loco surrounded by Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D Eisenhower, Union of South Africa, Bittern and Dominion of Canada for the very first time.
Mallard’s speed of 126mph, clocked on the East Coast Main Line in 1938, has retained the record for 75 years.
The rise of the diesel traction engine and World War II has meant that Mallard’s speed of 126mph, clocked on the East Coast Main Line in 1938, has remained the benchmark for steam locomotives for the past 75 years.
Having travelled thousands of miles from North America for the reunion, two of the locomotives have also had to undergo a major refurbishment before going on display.
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