Grantham Railway

On 7th and 8th September 2013 Grantham held a Railway Festival of Speed when the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s world speed record was celebrated. The iconic engine had travelled to Grantham railway station from the national Railway Museum at York and was displayed with other engines and the Gresley tea coach on a specially created siding right next to the station. 15,000 visitors came and Grantham Civic Society was involved in the planning of the Festival and organised 50 volunteer stewards into 70 shifts to look after the visitors and the weekend.

On Sunday the 8th the Editor of The Railway Magazine, Nick Pigott (a Granthamian) unveiled our fourth information signboard beneath the Grantham sign on Platform 1 where Mallard passed on its great journey. Richard Coppin again produced the drawings and the original of Mallard was the prize in a raffle which was won by a local man with over £1,500 being raised towards future Society projects.