AN image of what was once the world’s fastest steam locomotive has been beamed on to Durham Castle (pictured right).
The art deco style projection of the Mallard, which was the fastest train in the world when it reached 126mph in July 1938, lit up the backdrop of the city.
It came as rail enthusiasts highlighted the culmination of the Great Gathering, in which Mallard has been joined by her five surviving A4 engine sisters in a reunion at the National Railway Museum in York.
Later this month comes the Great Goodbye, which will be staged from February 15 to 23 at Locomotion, at another National Railway Museum in Shildon, County Durham.
Melanie Sensicle, chief executive of Visit County Durham, said: “The county is the cradle of the railways so it is only fitting that we host the final event in the Mallard 75 season.”
“We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Mallard and sisters to tell the story of high-speed travel down the East Coast Mainline and we hope that the ‘Mallard effect’ that saw a quarter of a million visitors flocking to York will create a ‘rail’ boom for Durham.”