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Mallard Speed Challenge

Tuesday July 3rd 2018 was the 80th anniversary of steam locomotive Mallard's record run.

To celebrate the event the OO Live Steam Club have been running a Model Mallard Speed Challenge and at the beginning of December the finals were held during the weekend of the National Festival of Railway Modelling show, at the East of England showground, Peterborough.

The challenge consisted of two parts. The Fastest Speed competition (using the club’s Roadshow layout) and a ‘Make Mallard Go Faster’ design competition.

The Speed Challenge

Over the two days there were 42 keen, enthusiastic drivers who tried to get the fastest speed run recorded on the Roadshow speed trap.


The winner of the speed change was eight year old Alistair whose run late on Sunday afternoon achieved 186mph

The prize is a virtual drive of a High Speed Train at the National College of High Speed Rail at Doncaster.

On the right is a copy of the speed attempts  recorded over the two days of the event

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The Design Challenge

Over the two days there were 38 design entries suggesting some very different ways to help Mallard ‘go’ faster.


To judge the entries and select the winner we were very fortunate to secure the services of Tony Wright, professional model maker, photographer who kindly gave up his time to review all the entries and select a winner.

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Thomas - design.jpg

The Winning Design Entries

There were two entries that really impressed and, as it was considered too close to call, it was agreed that there should be two deserved winners.


Matthew and Thomas who are eight years old have both won £20 Hungry Horse voucher for them and their families to enjoy.

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The OOLS club would like to thank both the National College of High Speed Rail and Green King (Hungry Horse vouchers) for their support for the Speed Challenge.

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