Mallard sculpture steams in to welcome visitors

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Visitors heading into Doncaster will now be greeted by a sculpture of the world famous Mallard locomotive.

The eight metre long by five metre high steel silhouette of the legendary loco in full steam marked the official completion of the Doncaster Southern Gateway Improvement Scheme.

It will be positioned in the central reserve near the Potteric Carr junction on White Rose Way and will be lit up at night.

Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and built in Doncaster, Mallard still holds the world speed record for a steam locomotive at 126mph.

Coun Bill Mordue, cabinet member for highways, said: “Doncaster has a rich railway heritage with some of the finest locomotives ever to grace our railways designed and built here. With rail engineering continuing to blossom today it is fitting that this key gateway recognises one of the world’s iconic and much loved locomotives.”

Artist Chris Campbell said: “For the feature to work it had to be big. It’s 8m long and 5m high, almost the size of the real Mallard.”