Entering traffic on March 3, 1938, complete with Kylchap double blastpipe and chimney, 4468 ‘Mallard’ was first allocated to Doncaster, where the locomotive stayed until October 10, 1943, when it moved to Grantham.
On July 3, 1938, Sir Nigel Gresley’s ‘Mallard’ sped down Stoke Bank, south of Grantham on the East Coast Main Line, in a blur of Garter Blue. At milepost 90¼, between Little Bytham and Essendine, the locomotive recorded its highest speed of 126mph. Breaking the 1936 world speed record of 124.5mph for a steam locomotive, previously set by a German engine, the record still stands today.
The move to Kings Cross came on April 11, 1948, complete with corridor tender, where Mallard remained until being withdrawn to a life of preservation on April 25, 1963.
This version of the Mallard is highly detailed, rather than a RailRoad model.
Tip: This item can be fitted with a DCC decoder to make it digital ready for use with existing or new digital train layouts. Use the Hornby 8-pin DCC Decoder (R8249). Locomotive is DCC ready so the decoder will plug straight in. You can also use the A4 Class sound decoder from Hornby’s TTS Sound range.
|DCC Type||DCC Ready|
|Period||Era 3 (1923 – 1947)|
|Operator/Livery||LNER, Garter Blue|
|Designer||Sir Nigel Gresley|
|Minimum Curve||2nd Radius + (438mm)|
|Motor||5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive|