Category: Railways

New book on famous locomotive that put Little Bytham on the map

Little Bytham earned its place in history as the spot on the East Coast Main Line where the Mallard locomotive roared through at 126mph 
– setting a world steam speed record which has never been beaten.

The date was Sunday, July 3, 1938, and details of that day, what led up to it and the subsequent life of LNER A4 Pacific No 4468 Mallard are featured in a new book by Baston writer Robin Jones.

Read more from the Stamford Mercury website.

Steam Trains along the East Coast Mainline

Thanks to help from Chris Holmes, theBythams website now includes information, in its Railways, Trains etc. section, of steam rail tours which pass through Little Bytham on the East Coast Mainline.  Much of the information has been gleaned from the UK Steam Info website, supplemented by information from the websites of the companies organising the tours – primarily Steam Dreams, who manage the LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado, and The Railway Touring Company.

LNER A4 60019 Bittern passes through Little Bytham

The A4 locomotive 4464(60019) Bittern passed through Little Bytham this morning on the first day of a nine day Rail Touring CompanyGreat Britain IV” rail-tour.  The locomotive had been repainted in LNER Garter Blue and renamed Dominion of New Zealand specially for the trip.  In its new livery the locomotive is very much like its legendary A4 class mate the 4468 Mallard. The loco is seen above at Grantham station, photo courtesy of BBC Lincolnshire’s Facebook Page. Details of rail tours across the UK can be found at

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