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    Mr. Sparshatt is seen with his steam engine, 'Papyrus'.

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    Driver Sparshatt in LNER's record run. Originally part of News in a Nutshell - news in brief from around the World.

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    Various shots of steam engine, 'Papyrus'. C/U of engine driver (Mr. W. Sparshatt) and firemen (coal stoker) Webster. Mr. S. speaks to camera. The train was the first steam engine to travel at 100 mph, recorded on 5 March 1935.

    Note: sound track is missing.

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    British Pathé
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    01:04:29:00 / 01:05:11:00

Comments (5)

  1. Unknown user says

    The engine seen here achieved the first authenticated run of over 100mph (hitting 105mph) in the UK.

    The record was achieved on 5 March 1935.

    The engine is LNER Class A3 locomotive number 2759, named "Papyrus".

    Although the driver is often documented as William Sparshatt, it seems that his family name was actually Sparshott.

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  2. JonGray says

    The family name is definitely Sparshatt (I'm married to Bill's great grand niece!)

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  3. BritishPathe says

    Thank you both for your comments. We have updated the record in light of this information. Thank you for helping us to keep our archive organised!

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  4. silverfoxcc says

    The first locomotive to be officially timed at 100mph was Flying Scotsman No 4472 on 30 November 1934 on a test run to Leeds
    Papyrus as mentioned above reached 108mph on 5 March 1935 on a run from Newcastle to Kings Cross
    On Sept 29 1935 A4 class Silver Libnk reached 112mph on the test run of the Silver Jubilee Express train
    In August 1936 A4 2512 Silver Fox reached a speed of 113mph . This is the highest speed that a fare paying passenger train has reached ( all other records were on test trains)
    On 3 July 1938 A4 Mallard reached a speed of 126mph on a brake test train. Still the world record for steam traction
    On the 23 May 1959 the highest post war steam speed of 112mph was reached by A4 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley'

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  5. silverfoxcc says

    Typo in above name of 2512 should read Silver Link

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