Beauty & the Beast
The product of well over a hundred years of steam locomotive evolution, an evolutionary leap in design resulted in the remarkable No. 4468 Mallard; undefeated as the world record holder for the fastest steam locomotive.
Maunsell’s Q Class of 1938 could not have been more different from Bulleid’s Q1; the former a lacklustre performer, the latter a new breed of locomotive generating maximum power, and lasting a remarkable 21 years.
The Two Great Classics
No other steam locomotive has made the headlines more often than The Flying Scotsman, from its record breaking feats and overseas exploits to its last minute rescue by the nation.
The product of Charles Collett’s ingenuity and Felix Pole’s drive and determination, Great Western’s superstar’s - the Castles - have become a classic, beloved amongst enthusiasts.
Locomotion No. 1 & Rocket
Robert Stephenson’s inaugural locomotive on the Stockton & Darlington Railway represented a major step forward; not in engine technology, but in the dramatic evolution of British steam railways.
A flawless performance during the 1829 Rainhill Trials resulted in the creation of a paradigm for steam locomotives the world over, the design of Rocket was to be carried forward essentially unchanged to the end of steam.
Midland Compound No. 1000 & City of Truro
Turn-of-the-Century Powerhouses No. 1000 is a leading example of Samuel Johnson’s three-cylinder Midland Compounds, affectionately known as the ‘Crimson Ramblers’and now seen as the quintessential Midland Railway locomotives.
The combination of a fine engine, favourable conditions and gravity could easily have led to the City of Truro locomotive reaching a speed of over 100 mph – 30 years before Flying Scotsman announced the record-breaking achievement.