Mallard ‘n’ Milk

Mallard at the National Railway Museum York, England

I quite liked the juxtaposition of the utilitarian Milk Wagon against the Mallard, holder of the World Speed Record for steam trains.

Mallard at the National Railway Museum York, England

Can you imagine the steam power need to drive this thing and 7 coaches at a speed of a little over 125mph! (I learn from Wiki that the train and coaches weighed in at some 240 tons!).  I would have liked to get a proper picture of the train but it was off to one corner and it looked as if it was due to leave the display shed – or had just been shunted back in.   The day I went the museum was packed, I believe many local schools  were on holiday, so it would have been difficult to leap a fence without causing subsequent problems for museum staff – on a quieter day I might have looked for permission.

—-Stephen—-

 

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