Huge crowds thronged the National Railway Museum yesterday as six of Doncaster’s finest steam engines were reunited.
Record-breaking Mallard was joined by five sister A4 locomotives for the first time since they were built in the 1930s.
And the grandson of the man who created the world’s fastest steam locomotive was there to witness the spectacular Great Gathering.
Tim Godfrey watched as Mallard, designed by his grandfather Sir Nigel Gresley, was shunted into the Great Hall of the NRM in York.
To a fanfare, it was reunited with the world’s five surviving A4s - near identical engines that have been brought together especially to mark the 75th anniversary of its record-breaking run.
Mallard topped 126 mph on the East Coast Mainline near Grantham on July 3, 1938.
Mr Godfrey, who recently opened Sir Nigel Gresley Square in Doncaster, said seeing his legacy up close was a genuine privilege.
“I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s great to see all these beautiful locomotives so beautifully kept by the NRM and the two from across the Atlantic which have been restored to their former glory.
“Seventy five years ago, Mallard came out of the works in Doncaster in the same month I was born in 1938. All I can say is Mallard looks a lot better than I do at 75.”