Bit of a departure


It’s August 1964 and this photograph, taken by my pal, Ken Webb, during a round Scotland shed bash we undertook that summer, shows D49 class 4-4-0 No.62712 Morayshire sat in the yard at Inverurie Locomotive Works. Rods removed and name plate missing, an old sack tied around the chimney, she’s not a pretty sight. For a purpose built locomotive workshop Inverurie, opened in 1903, built surprisingly few engines, though it did continue to service them right to the end of BR, closing in 1969. For any of you with a footballing bent Inverurie Loco works lives on – here’s the link:

This week, following comments about my posting ‘Hunting in the shires’, made on the Steam Hub website, I have been in contact with a fellow from Broughty Ferry who photographed No.62712 being towed, in the direction of Aberdeen, in July 1964, just a couple of weeks before this photograph was taken. No.62712 was being towed by the Great North of Scotland Railway 4-4-0 No.62277 Gordon Highlander, known, to many in Scotland, as  – ‘The Soldier’

Following withdrawal from Keith MPD, in 1958, No.62277 Gordon Highlander was overhauled and restored to  GNSR livery in 1959, to work ‘special excursions’, which she did until 1965 – when she was stuffed and mounted for display in the Scottish Museum of Transport, where she still is. However, No.62277 Gordon Highlander was one of the later engines, built to Heywood’s design in 1920, she never actually carried the GNSR green livery in service, until her restoration in 1959.

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