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Duchess of Hamilton, Steam Locomotive, National Railway Museum, York

6229 Duchess of Hamilton, Steam Locomotive, National Railway Museum, York. UK

This Loco is STUNNING. Its presence and beauty are beyond words. No picture or video footage does justice to seeing this Beautiful machine there in front of you - and you can touch it, see it, feel it and marvel at its utter splendour. Its a Credit to all who have worked on her. Im so privileged to have seen it - and if you visit the Railway Museum you will too - A MUST SEE !

Three-quarters of a century ago, the Mallard, a locomotive built in Doncaster set a world speed record for steam rail travel on a stretch of track just south of Grantham. That 1938 record - of 126 miles per hour - remains to this day.  To mark the 75th anniversary of the achievement, the National Railway Museum in York has arranged for Mallard to meet its five surviving sister locomotives from the A4 Class - which ran on the East Coast Mainline from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Three-quarters of a century ago, the Mallard, a locomotive built in Doncaster set a world speed record for steam rail travel on a stretch of track just south of Grantham. That 1938 record - of 126 miles per hour - remains to this day. To mark the 75th anniversary of the achievement, the National Railway Museum in York has arranged for Mallard to meet its five surviving sister locomotives from the A4 Class - which ran on the East Coast Mainline from the 1930s to the 1960s.

LNER A4 60009 Union of South Africa in the NRM Great Hall (05/07/2013) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

LNER A4 60009 Union of South Africa in the NRM Great Hall (05/07/2013)

A regular mainline performer for many years, John Cameron's LNER A4 60009 Union of South Africa relishes in the opportunity of taking a break from her railtour work, to take part in the Great A4 Gathering. Looking good inside the National Railway Museum's Great Hall too! 05/07/2013

LMS Princess Coronation Class 6229 'Duchess of Hamilton' Class A4, 4468 'Mallard' by Stuart Axe, via Flickr

LMS Princess Coronation Class 6229 'Duchess of Hamilton' LNER Class A4, 4468 'Mallard'

The gorgeous LMS Princess Coronation Class Pacific steam locomotive number 6229 'Duchess of Hamilton' together with the fabulous Sir Nigel Gresley designed LNER Class A4 Pacific steam locomotive number 4468 'Mallard' inside the Great Hall at the National Railway Museum in York (UK). Both locomotives were built in 1938 during the period of intense rivalry between the LMS and LNER. Mallard is the world record top speed holding steam locomotive achieving 126mph in 1938 too.

LNER A4 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley in the NRM Great Hall (05/07/2013 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

LNER A4 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley in the NRM Great Hall (05/07/2013

A resident at the North Yorkshire Moors, LNER A4 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley stands proud in her BR Blue livery, inside the National Railway Museum's Great Hall. 05/07/2013