RAILWAYS - MALLARD 4468ID92910060
€14.00 (Taxes not incl.)
For the year 2021-2022, taking advantage of the celebration of the European Year of the Railway and the 80th Anniversary of Renfe, the FNMT-RCM is issuing a collection of 20 coins dedicated to the History of the Railway, with the aim of showing our customers the evolution of one of the most important means of transport in Humanity.
The collection consists of twenty coins. The first fifteen will be issued in 2021 and the remaining five in 2022.
The obverse features a colour reproduction of the MALLARD 4468 locomotive, which was the first steam locomotive to break the speed record of over 200 km/h. Above the central image is the legend MALLARD 4468. On the outer part of the coin are motifs reminiscent of railway rails.
On the reverse (common to all the coins), the legend RAILWAY HISTORY appears inside a central circle; below it, the value of the coin is 1.5 EURO. Outside the central circle is an image of a railway track.
|Series||History Of Railwais|
|Face Value (Euro)||1.5|
|Maximum Mintage (units)||7,000|
RAILWAY HISTORY - MALLARD 4468
Manufacturer: London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).
Year of manufacture: 1938
Country: United Kingdom
Maximum speed: 202.7 km/h
Diameter of the driving wheels: 2030 mm
Traction Effort: 16,326 kg
Boiler bell: 17,5 kg/cm2
Cylinders: 3 (470 x 660 mm)
In 1935, the British operating company London
and North Eastern Railway (LNER) decided
to build a silver-painted locomotive to haul a
train, likewise painted in silver, to mark the 25th
Anniversary of the Coronation of George V. Named
The Silver Jubilee, the train was to cover the
London-Newcastle route faster than ever before. Its
resounding success led to the manufacture, between
1936 and 1938, of 34 A4-model locomotives, used
to haul the Coronation and the West Riding
Limited before being put into general service at
a later date.
The A4-model, produced on the back of a large
A3 Superpacific series, would feature the
improvements introduced by André Chapelon in
France, such as wider steam pipes and exhaust
regulator valves. Some of them were even fitted
with a Kylchap double exhaust. The work of
Nigel Gresley, these steam locomotives were, in a
word, modernist in design, streamlined and highpowered.
Working pressure was 17.5 kg/cm2; tensile stress, 16,326 kg; and they featured three low-expansion cylinders. As a result, they were able
to reach a speed of over 160 km/h.
One of them, the 4468 Mallard, would go down
in history as having broken the steam traction
speed record. Built in Doncaster in 1938, the
4468 Mallard was 21 metres long; it weighed
165 tonnes, including the tender; and was
painted in garter blue. On July 4 1938, during a
trialling session to test the brakes, it reached a speed
of 202.7 km/h at Stoke Bank, situated between
Grantham (Lincolnshire) and Peterborough
(Cambridgeshire), for approximately 400 metres.
The 4468 Mallard was withdrawn from service
in 1963 and subsequently preserved by the British
Transport Commission. Later, in 1975, it came to
form part of the collection at the National Railway
Museum in York.