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  • Short Summary

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

  • Description

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

    Location of events unknown.

    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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  • Data

    Film ID:
    821.05
    Media URN:
    9633
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1935
    Sound:
    mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:04:29:00 / 01:05:11:00
    Canister:
    35/20
  • Part of…

    ELEVATED TRACTOR LONDON AIRPORT THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT AIDA FOSTER SCHOOL

Comments (3)

  1. jamied 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. Jon Gray says

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

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  3. British Pathe 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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