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Mallard: How the Blue Streak Broke the World Speed Record

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In July 1938, the superbly streamlined A4 Pacific class steam locomotive "Mallard" set a world speed record of 126 miles per hour, a record that still stands. This engrossing history covers the rise of the Mallard, a tale that goes back to the late 19th century when the rival railway companies first began to vie with one another to set speed records. It charts the technolo ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Aurum Press (first published October 1st 2003)
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A few years ago I went to the National Rail Museum in York and came away stunned by one exhibit. This one item, amongst a collection of wonderful rail icons and ephemera, was the Mallard.

What stunned me was the shape and beauty of what is in essence a steam engine/locomotive; but it is a steam locomotive that shouted not only sheer size, weight and power but also fabulous and beautiful streamlined design - and it told me through that design without saying a word that it was from the 1930s.

To th
Tim Mansfield
Compliment to The Dutchesses - now for Mallard, Full Read Ahead!

Wow - so much I never knew about this chapter of railway history!
I could never understand the 'competition' between LMS and LNER - they can't exactly race between the same start and end points.
No - the book explains company strategies to attract and pamper fare paying customers - and the great overseas rivalry with pre-war German industry.
Having developed a series of ever more powerful streamlined engines, the lead up in minute deta
Robert Hepple
Mallard was a late, refined A4 class locomotive, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley. The book, despite it’s title, concentrates mainly of the life and career of Sir Nigel Gresley, with only the occasional mention of Mallard until Chapter 10, although there is some mention of the development of the A4 class up to that point. However, the designer and Mallard are intrinsically linked, and so, arguably this only goes to make it all the more readable. The detail of the historical context, and the rivalry ...more
Chris Allen
Excellent chronicle of the height of British engineering. A bit confusing in terms of chronology, but a good read nonetheless...
This book is more a bout sir n graslet then the speed reacord and mallard.
Michael Simpson
An excellent read. Very well written. I found it hard to put down.
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