The great gathering courtesy of the National Railway Museum and Kippa Mathews 4

Great Gathering joined by Car Park attendance

Published 15th July 2013

92 mph steam train takes passengers to the Mallard anniversary show.

After all the hype and expectation, the A4 mega-show is on at the National Railway Museum at York. For those that are unable to visit this time, is delighted to be able to show some of the pictures kindly provided by the National Railway Museum’s Kippa Matthews.

The engines will also be on display in the Autumn at York and in February at Shildon before the two borrowed engines return to America and Canada to their respective museums.

The show was briefly joined by the new build ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado on the afternoon of Saturday July 3 after arriving from Kings Cross on a special charter train to mark the anniversary of the 75th anniversary of steam’s world speed record being made. This was built over a 18 year period by The A1 Steam Trust as none of the original 49 ‘A1s’ were saved from being scrapped in the 1960s and they thought that one should therefore be built!

They said:

Mark Allatt, Chairman, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:

“We are delighted that Tornado is taking part in the celebration of Mallard’s

world speed record. As the newest LNER-designed express passenger locomotive, Tornado is a post-war development of the class A4s. Today is a celebration of the achievements of the LNER and will highlight the importance in keeping main line steam alive in Britain today.”

Fastest and last

One of the exhibits No. 60009 Union of South Africa is thought to have been the last steam locomotive to haul a scheduled train from King’s Cross in 1966 and the same engine also hauled the first steam train from Kings Cross in the preserved steam era in October 1994.

Classmate No. 4464 Bittern managed a brief 92mph after Doncaster on its special train from Kings Cross on June 29. This is the fastest that a steam train has been authorised to travel at since 1968.

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.