Doncaster built steam engine Mallard set for royal visitor

Prince Charles
Prince Charles

The legendary Doncaster-built steam locomotive, The Mallard, is set for a Royal visit this month.

Prince Charles has arranged to make a personal visit to see the engine, following the events to mark the 75th anniversary of the steam legend’s breaking of the world speed record for a steam engine.

He will visit the engine at the National Railway Museum in York in two weeks time at a private event.

Mallard has now set a new record for the National Railway Museum, which welcomed an unprecedented figure of 13,000 visitors through its doors on Saturday. Since it has been displaying the surviving class A4 engines, the Doncaster-build sister engines of the Mallard, as part of its Great Gathering exhibition, nearly 45,000 have come to see the six of them in the museum’s Great Hall.

Anthony Coulls, senior curator of railway vehicles at the National Railway Museum said: “A visit by our patron, HRH, The Prince of Wales is truly the icing on the cake!”