Cover of Mallard: How the Blue Streak Broke the World Speed Record.

Mallard: How the Blue Streak Broke the World Speed Record

author: Don Hale (2003)
date read: 11 February 2018
rating: β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜†

I picked this up on a whim in the clearance section of the Gower Street Waterstones; it turned out to be a good decision.

This is really a book about Nigel Gresley (Chief Mechanical Engineer at LNER) and the steam races of the late-nineteenth/early-twentieth centuries, with Mallard appearing late in the story. You get plenty of context for the record-setting run, and why it was such a technical achievement – then a couple of chapters of detail about Mallard itself.

Overall I found it an easy read, and finished it in four sittings. Recommended if you’re interested in trains – even if you’re relatively unfamiliar with steam trains (like me).

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