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Mallard and the A4s
3 Class A4 locos together 3/7/88, York. 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley, 4464 Bittern & 4468 Mallard.

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These pages are dedicated to the greatest class of steam locomotive ever created in the World: Sir Nigel Gresley's A4 class. The Blue Duck to which these pages are dedicated is none other than the fastest steam locomotive in the World: London and North Eastern Railways locomotive 4468 - Mallard. I have been an admirer of the Blue Duck ever since I saw her for the first time (and believe me that was a couple of decades ago!). Mallard on her Scarborough Spa Express run (her second passenger trip) 25/8/86.

I set myself the task of seeing her on the 50th anniversary of her record - that day being July 3rd 1988. August 1986 saw me riding behind Mallard from York to Scarborough and return, quite an experience with people standing on bridges, cars and garage roofs in order to see the famous duck. I never thought I'd surpass that...

Mallard poses with original-liveried HST passing behind (Remember THOSE colours?)Mallard's cab in Carlisle 1988. Moments after this image was taken I went for a cabride down the station.

However, Fate was to deal me a generous hand.. Firstly I managed to achieve my goal of seeing Mallard on her anniversary. This involved a LOT of running around. having secured my place on Doncaster station, amongst the HUGE throng of people there. The prototype Class 89 electric locomotive brought in Mallard's train. Once Mallard had departed, amongst camera flashes and much cheering, I jumped on the first HST heading for York. As luck would have it, my HST pulled into York at the precise same time as Mallard, enabling me to photograph her departing Doncaster AND arriving at York. Once at York she transferred to the NRM (yet MORE running for me) where the now-famous "Three A4s" shots were taken:

Mallard in Doncaster on her 50th Anniversary 3/7/88Mallard departing Doncaster on her 50th Anniversary 3/7/88 Mallard arrives in York on her 50th Anniversary 3/7/88Mallard in York on her 50th Anniversary 3/7/88

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Last updated 24/10/2001.

Scarborough Spa express Ticket August 25th 1986Mallard 88 souvenir ticket August 13th 1988

July 3rd 1988: Sir Nigel Gresley, Bittern (as Silver Link) and Mallard pose together at the NRM