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Mallard How the `Blue Streak' Broke the World Speed Record

by Don Hale

Mallard How the `Blue Streak' Broke the World Speed Record Synopsis

The smooth outline of streamlined A4 Pacific locomotive Mallard is instantly recognisable, an icon of railway history resplendent in blue. Famously reaching a top speed of 126mph on 3 July 1938 on the East Coast main line, this world record for steam locomotives still stands today. Don Hale tells the full story of how the record was broken, from the rivalry of the nineteenth-century London-Scotland speed race, to similarities in Mallard's futuristic design to the Bugatti car, and the influence of Germany's nascent Third Reich in propelling the train into an instrument of national prestige. Mallard's designer, Sir Nigel Gresley, is celebrated as one of Britain's most gifted engineers. Updated with new appendices and extra photographs, this classic book remains the perfect tribute to one of British technology's finest hours.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780750991513
Publication date: 2nd September 2019
Author: Don Hale
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Trains & railways: general interest, Railway transport industries,

About Don Hale

DON HALE has worked for over 40 years as a journalist, editor and investigative journalist. A lifetime enthusiast, he has taken part in several Channel 4 and BBC programmes about railways. He has previously written Town Without Pity, Mallard and the Final Dive, published by The History Press. Three-time Journalist of the Year, he was awarded the OBE for his investigation of the wrongful conviction of Stephen Downing for murder. He lives in Conwy.

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