THE Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway’s Caledonian Reunion gala on November 3-4 was, as the name suggests, primarily concerned with the uniting of Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 No. 828 and 0-4-4T No. 419 for the first time (see p68).
However, the line’s working fleet of ex-industrial locos were not to be left out.
Neilson, Reid 0-6-0T No. 1 Lord Roberts (5710/1899) was one of two former National Coal Board six-coupled machines sharing duties with the Caledonian pair.
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The former Coltness Iron Company locomotive even tried to get in on the ‘Caley Blue’ theme, although its ‘Thomas’ livery did not quite match the elegance of the McIntosh-designed duo.
The other ex-NCB loco in action in full-line use was ex-Comrie Colliery Hunslet ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST Fife Area No. 19 (3818/1954).
The Lempor exhaust-fitted loco was a comparative youngster, having been built some 43 years after the youngest of the other three.
A fifth loco – former United Collieries /NCB Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST No. 6 (2043/1937) – was also in service, busying itself as Bo’ness station pilot throughout the weekend.
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