Memory Lane: We look back at the Mallard’s links to the Grantham area

The crew of the Mallard after their record-breaking speed run on July 3, 1983.
The crew of the Mallard after their record-breaking speed run on July 3, 1983.
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After the news of the return of the Mallard steam locomotive to Grantham for the first time in 50 years, this week we feature two photographs from that famous day in 1938.

The main picture features the crew of the Mallard after their record-breaking speed run on July 3, 1938. Pictured are fireman T. Bray, driver J. Duddington and Inspector J. Jenkins.

The Mallard prior to departure on its record-breaking run.

The Mallard prior to departure on its record-breaking run.

The inset photograph shows the Mallard at Barkston junction before departure on the record run.

The Mallard broke the record between Little Bytham and Essendine, setting a new record of 125.88mph which still stands today.

The Mallard will return to Grantham for the first time in 50 years on the weekend of September 7 and 8 as part of the celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the record-breaking run. The steam engine is to be on display, on tracks, in the area of Grantham railway station.