60022, "Mallard" at Healey

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Mallard at Healey

Malard at Healey

Two more iconic pictures from the estate of Mr. Albert Robinson, Westfield Street, Ossett, courtesy of his son Chris Robinson. The pictures show a passenger train headed by the famous steam locomotive "Mallard" pulling away from the mills at Healey, Ossett sometime in the early 1960s.

The "Mallard" was an A4 class, 4-6-2, built at Doncaster Works on the 3rd March 1938. The Class A4 is a class of streamlined 4-6-2 steam locomotive were first designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for the London and North Eastern Railway in 1935. Their streamlined design gave them high-speed capability, as well as making them instantly recognisable.

The "Mallard" is the holder of the world speed record for steam locomotives at 125.88 mph (202.58 km/h). The record was set on the 3rd July 1938 on the slight downward grade of Stoke Bank south of Grantham on the East Coast Main Line, and the highest speed was recorded at milepost 90¼, between Little Bytham and Essendine.

Thirty-five of the class were built to haul express passenger trains on the East Coast Main Line route from London Kings Cross via York and Newcastle to Edinburgh, Scotland. They remained in service on the East Coast mainline until the early 1960s when they were replaced by Deltic diesel locomotives. Several A4s saw out their remaining days until 1966 in Scotland, particularly on the Aberdeen - Glasgow express trains, for which they were used to improve the timing from 3.5 to 3 hours.

The "Mallard" was withdrawn from service on the 25th April 1963, but instead of being scrapped the "Mallard" has been preserved and can be seen at the National Railway Museum in York.