Mallard celebrations come to Grantham
Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Grantham when world-record setting steam locomotive Mallard returns to the town this weekend.
The event will form part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of when the speed record was set just south of Grantham at Stoke Bank when the A4 Class steam locomotive hit 126mph on July 3, 1938.
Special permission for the event has been granted by the National Rail Museum for the locomotive to leave its usual home in York – only the second time this has happened in recent years.
Mallard will be joined by other historic exhibits as part of a free east coast event ‘Story of Speed’ when visitors will get a close up view of the steam icon as well as a chance to view a Deltic locomotive – Mallard’s high speed diesel successor.
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Also on display will be streamlined racing cars of the 1930s inspired by the Mallard design and examples of Grantham’s engineering heritage.
An exhibition will track how Britain's first high speed railway was created against international competition.
There will also be miniature train rides, vintage bus travel and local heritage society displays as well as children’s rides and local food.
Visitors can see Mallard and other exhibitions from 10am - 5pm each day at Grantham railway station and across the town.