Side-by-side Golden Age of Steam Streamliners

‘Mallard’ and ‘Duchess of Hamilton’ on show together.

Icons from the Golden Age at the NRM York

Two icons of the streamlined steam age were displayed side by side at the NRM York in October.

Blue-liveried A4 No. 4468 'Mallard' was lined up with crimson and gold-liveried Princess Coronation class No. 6229 'Duchess of Hamilton' for the first time since 6229 was re-streamlined in 2009. It gave museum visitors a rare chance to compare the two former competing styles of streamlining.

Both locos were built in 1938 during the Golden Age of rail travel in Britain. 'Mallard' was built at Doncaster to haul LNER expresses from London to Scotland via the East Coast main line; 'Duchess of Hamilton' was built at Crewe to do the same along the West Coast main line for the LMS. Both worked the most prestigious trains of the time for their respective companies, with 'Mallard' going on to set the world speed record for steam of 126mph in July 1938.

After withdrawal from service both locos eventually became part of the National Collection. However 6229 had lost its streamlining after World War II and it was only replaced in 2009. So although the two locos had been displayed together before, they had never been so in streamlined form.

The locos were together for ten days only from October 12-21. During this time the turntable in the museum's great hall was unusually opened to visitors to allow a better few of the two locos together.

External Links


Have your say...

Please note: you have to be logged into the site before you can leave a comment

Liverpool street station in the UK at rush hour

Help and advice with train travel in the UK

Train travel in the UK should be a pleasure, not a headache. So if you’re taking a train on the UK railway, start your journey here. We’ve lots of hints, tips and advice to help you find your way around, travel smoothly and arrive in style by train.

Read more

eurostars passing at 375mph from the drivers seat in france


Welcome to our #railchat page. Our #railchat discussions take place over on Twitter, with our resident expert Phil Marsh. If you would like to get involved, please do join us, and use the dedicated hashtag #railchat. See our previous discussions below:

Read more

Old steam train in Shanty Town Museum

Locomotives & Engines

Our rail network would be nothing without them. From Stephenson's Rocket to British Rail Class 92 and beyond, explore the facts, information and anecdotes behind the steam, diesel and electric locomotives that built the age of the train.

Read more


Latest Tweets


Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh to London Kings Cross by Train

Book in advance with and save 85% advanced bookings.

From £21.00

Buy now

Millenium Dome, London

Birmingham New Street to London Euston by Train

Book in advance with and save 92% on advance bookings.

From £6

Buy now

You may also like...



Follow us on Twitter and become part of our rail community! is the easy way to buy cheap train tickets online.



Control your business fuel costs with a supermarket fuel card – free to apply, no ongoing account charges and no monthly minimum spend.