First marks Mallard’s return to Doncaster

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2013 marks the 75th anniversary celebration of the land speed record holder for National Railway Museum-owned steam locomotive Mallard. Built in Doncaster and driven to 126mph on July 3, 1938 by Doncastrian Joe Duddington, the LNER Class A4 Pacific 4468 returned to its home in Doncaster recently.

First offered support in supplying a shuttle bus service to transport visitors to the St Leger horse race meeting, building on the strong partnership with Doncaster Council and its subsidiaries. Unique destination numbers – A4 & 4468 were created along with a commemorative ticket.

Colin Joy, Doncaster Tourism & Visitor Economy Manager said: “We had 2,600 visitors over the recent St Leger weekend and were delighted with the event. The First shuttle bus service was superbly organised with many visitors saying how well the service had been run.

“The two bus services proved so popular that even the buses themselves with their unique service numbers were being photographed by visitors. All in all, two very enjoyable days for both visitors and everyone involved in making the event a huge success.”