Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

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.

More About Don Hale

( ! ) Notice: Undefined index: group_operator in /home/sites/ on line 256
Call Stack
10.0003390656{main}( ).../index.php:0
20.04863840840require_once( '/home/sites/' ).../index.php:131
30.15973852992Books->get_books_by_author( ).../book.php:293
40.15983853824Books->get_books_new( ).../books.class.php:229
50.15983854680get_multiple_rows( ).../books.class.php:97
60.15983854680dbQuery->get_multiple( ).../functions.php:74
ERROR: SQLSTATE[42000]: Syntax error or access violation: 1064 You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'AN ORDER BY PubDate DESC LIMIT 3' at line 1 QUERY: SELECT BookID, AuthorID FROM Book b WHERE b.Enabled=? AN ORDER BY PubDate DESC LIMIT 3

Share this book