Mallard Steam Train - The Story Behind the Print

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

I’ve always had soft spot for steam trains. I have many childhood memories of family days out to see them. The only time I’d been to York before moving here for a job was in face to go to the wonderful National Railway Museum.

So in December I decided to create my first steam train linocut for my dad for Christmas. It had to be the Mallard. The elegant streamlined art deco styling is so iconic. In 1930s Britain speed was seen as the ultimate symbol of modernity.

The 4468 Mallard is a Class A4 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive. The A4 class was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and built at Doncaster Works, England in 1938 for LNER (London and North Eastern Railway). The Mallard holds the steam locomotive world speed record at 126 mph.

It is now held as part of the national steam train collection at the National Railway Museum in York.

My dad on the way to visit Goathland in the North York Moors a few summers ago.

My studio is only a mile away from the National Railway Museum in York, so I had a good excuse to pop in to to take some photographs for research.

LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard at the National Railway Museum in York.

Sketching the Mallard design.

Cutting away the sections of the design that will be blue.

The two lino blocks used to create the three colour print.

Inking the lino block with blue and grey oil based inks

The first lino block printed with black ink.

Mallard and Whitby Steps linocut prints drying in my studio.

Lino blocks and finished linocut print.

Mallard steam train linocut framed

Limited edition linocut print.

Edition of 60

Image size 160 x 160mm Mount aperture 190 x 190mm

Mount outer 305 x 305mm

Frame size (outer edge) 340 x 340mm

Mounted £90 Framed £120

Unframed prints

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See more of my original linocut prints here.


See my other linocut prints on my printmaking page.

Framed prints

Due to the fragile nature of glass, I am unable to post framed prints. Please get in touch if you would like to order and pick up from my York studio.

Please note that due to the nature of linocut printing being a handmade process, variation will occur. This adds to their individuality by making each print unique.

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