Sir Nigel Gresley (1876–1941)

was the Chief Mechanical Engineer

of the London and North Eastern Railway.

He is photographed here at the Doncaster Works

with the A4 Pacific No. 4498 he designed

and which was named after him.


On 3 July 1938,

the A4 class locomotive Mallard

raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph

to set a new steam locomotive world speed record.

That record still stands.


During 2013 and 2014

we marked the 75th anniversary

of Mallard’s achievement

with the Mallard 75 series

of commemorative events,

including spectacular opportunities

to see the world’s fastest locomotive

united with its five surviving sister A4s.