Mallard
Mallard
Duchess of HamiltonDuchess of Hamilton
"Mallard", now restored to fully-streamlined pre-war glory as No 4468, was the fastest steam loco in UK and probably the world at 126mph in 1938, the year it was built. The LNER 4-6-2 A4 is Sir Nigel Gresley's masterpiece. A development of the A3, the class was introduced in 1935.
Dating from 1937, Sir William Stanier's riposte to the A4, the LMS "Coronation" 8P pacific was no less of a locomotive, and likewise a zenith of steam engineering. The "Duchess of Hamilton", no 6229 (here as 46299), also from 1938, was one of the class originally streamlined, but the casing was removed somewhere around 1947.
Green Arrow
Green Arrow
Boxhill
Boxhill

The LNER V2 2-6-2 from 1936 was a Gresley mixed-traffic design with an unmistakeable family likeness to the A3. "Green Arrow", no 4771, is the only survivor.

Stepney's brother, no 82 "Boxhill" is an LBSCR
0-6-0T A1 of 1872 which retained its original boiler, although he received a new chimney from the Southern Railway. He is not illustrated in the book, but only named.

Rocket
Rocket
Iron Duke
Iron Duke

This engine is also a replica. Robert Stephenson's historic 0-2-2 "Rocket" is perhaps the most famous engine in the world, launching the steam age at the Liverpool and Manchester Railway's Rainhill trials of 1829. The real "Rocket", much rebuilt, survives at the Science Museum in London.

A Daniel Gooch 4-2-2 design from 1847 with massive 8' single driver, this GWR 7' 0 1/4" gauge loco is actually a replica.

Streamlined Duchess - NRM, York Photo Martin Clutterbuck, August, 2010
Duchess of Hamilton, now restored to pre-war streamlined splendour, in the Great Hall at the NRM
Photo © Martin Clutterbuck (August 2010)

These locos are to be found at the National Railway Museum in York, the nerve centre of railway preservation in the UK, except Green Arrow, which is in steam and on tour around the country.

These engines appeared in "Thomas & the Great Railway Show" by Christopher Awdry (1991).

Modeller's Corner
hornby logo model of Mallard, also available in a live-steam version
hornby logo model of the Duchess of Hamilton - in her streamlined splendor
Hornby model od Mallard Hornby model of the Duchess of Hamilton
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