‘The Mallard’ Sets a New UK Speed Record for Steam Locomotives – 3 July 1938

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘The locomotive was drawing a streamlined train to which was attached to a dynamometer car, in which were charts and instruments which confirmed the records.’

On 3 July 1938, ‘The Mallard’ locomotive (engine number 6648) achieved a new UK record for steam trains, travelling at 125.88 MPH on the UK’s East Coast Main Line.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of that historic day, here is a newspaper story from 1938 reporting on the setting of this famous world record, which remains unbeaten to this day.

historical newspaper reports on the mallard locomotive

Aberdeen Journal – Monday 04 July 1938

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historical newspaper reports on the mallard locomotive

West London Observer – Friday 14 June 1957



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