L.N.E.R TRAIN’S 125 M.P.H
A streamlined locomotive of the London and North Eastern Railway drawing seven streamlined coaches yesterday attained a speed of 125 miles an hour on a stretch of track between Grantham and Peterborough.While the record was being made tea was being served in the train and observers report that the motion was so smooth that none was spilled.The Pacific type locomotive employed is named Mallard and was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, chief mechanical engineer of L.N.E.R.
Extracts from The Times (London, England), Monday, July 04, 1938; pg. 14; issue 4803
Have a look at the short 2 minute film of the projects journey in My Mallard Movie
‘Mallard’ Proposed Celebratory Stained Glass Window at Grantham Station
In 1938 one of the A4 class of trains, ‘The Mallard’ steamed through Grantham station picking up speed. Around Stoke Bank, just south of the station, it reached 126 mph, a world record never to be achieved again by any steam train. I’d like to celebrate this achievement by designing, building and housing a stained glass window in the waiting room between platforms 2 & 3 of Grantham Station.
My son Tommy and I have spent 6 months communicating with Network Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast, we have spoken to the National Railway Museum and the great people at Grantham station. We have been given the go ahead for the project and we would really love the opportunity to produce a wonderful celebratory window.
The actual size of the window is 144.5cm (57 inches) in diameter. Radius of 72.25cm (28.5 inches)
There are still areas that i would like to change. For instance the stations, Grantham needs to be in full, also i’m thinking of curving the rails towards your eye line.
Victorian Grecian Baths Window (2000). Since completing this window a further project has just been undertaken that we have called Moving Windows. It demonstrates the changes in the window during the course of a day, from dawn to dusk. The video last 1min 55 seconds, please take a look.
A Cricketing Cathedral – Trent Bridge – Nottingham 2010.
Size 80 x 65cms, Uroboros and Youghiogheny glass
Designed and artist – Michael Brown
Medium – Stained Glass