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.