Trivia Question for May 8, 2014 – Steam Locomotive Speed Records

Mallard Steam LocomotiveOn May 10, 1904, the steam locomotive City of Truro became the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 miles per hour.   The speed record for steam locomotives was set some years later.


What is the speed record for a steam locomotive (in miles per hour)?


126 mph


The steam locomotive Mallard is the holder of the world speed record for steam locomotives at 125.88 mph (202.58 km/h). The record was achieved in England on 3 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. It broke the German (DRG Class 05) 002’s 1936 record of 124.5 mph (200.4 km/h).

The wind-tunnel-tested aerodynamic body and high power of the Mallard allowed the class to reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h), although in everyday service it was relatively uncommon for any steam hauled service in the UK to reach even 90 mph, much less 100. Mallard covered almost one and a half million miles (2.4 million km) before it was retired in 1963.

It was restored to working order in the 1980s, but has not operated since, apart from hauling some specials between York and Scarborough in July 1986 and a couple of runs between York and Harrogate/Leeds around Easter 1987. Mallard is now part of the National Collection at the United Kingdom’s National Railway Museum in York. On the weekend of 5 July 2008, Mallard was taken outside for the first time in years and displayed beside the three other A4s that are resident in the UK, thus reuniting them for the first time since preservation. It departed the museum for Locomotion, the NRM’s outbase at Shildon on the 23 June 2010, where it was a static exhibit, until it was hauled back to York on 19 July 2011 and put back on display in its original location in the Great Hall.

The locomotive is 70 ft (21 m) long and weighs 165 tons, including the tender.


Tonight we had a total of 37 people check into the Net and of those, 7 had the correct answer to tonight’s Trivia Question. Congratulations to:

  • Joe – N6LAU
  • Mark – WA6MWL
  • Shane – KF6QFI
  • Kelly – KF6QQM
  • Barry – WA2RPY
  • Fred – WA6YRE
  • Bob – KB6YVA

Thanks to everyone for checking in to the Net tonight.


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