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TITLE
CR 939 at Balornock, October 1922
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HRS_LOCOMOTIVES_008_499
PLACENAME
Balornock
DATE OF IMAGE
29 October 1922
PERIOD
1920s
SOURCE
Highland Railway Society
ASSET ID
25947
KEYWORDS
railway locomotives
Highland Railway locomotives
Highland Railway Society
HRS
CR 939 at Balornock, October 1922

Six 4-6-0 'River'class locomotives were ordered by the Highland Railway from Hawthorn Leslie. The first two (70 'River Ness'and 71 'River Tay') were delivered in September 1915 but it became immediately apparent that they were too heavy for the bridges and much of the track of the Highland Railway. These and the remaining four engines were sold to the Caledonian Railway where they were numbered 938 to 943. After 1923, the LMS strengthened the mainline between Inverness and Perth and so the locos did eventually work on Highland rails. The debacle surrounding the 'River'class caused the resignation of Frederick Smith as Chief Mechanical Engineer. He had held the post since 1912.

This photograph shows CR 939. It had been numbered 71 by the Highland Railway and named 'River Tay'. It was withdrawn from service in December 1936.

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CR 939 at Balornock, October 1922

1920s

railway locomotives; Highland Railway locomotives; Highland Railway Society; HRS

Highland Railway Society

Highland Railway Society - Locomotives 4 (Smith classes)

Six 4-6-0 'River'class locomotives were ordered by the Highland Railway from Hawthorn Leslie. The first two (70 'River Ness'and 71 'River Tay') were delivered in September 1915 but it became immediately apparent that they were too heavy for the bridges and much of the track of the Highland Railway. These and the remaining four engines were sold to the Caledonian Railway where they were numbered 938 to 943. After 1923, the LMS strengthened the mainline between Inverness and Perth and so the locos did eventually work on Highland rails. The debacle surrounding the 'River'class caused the resignation of Frederick Smith as Chief Mechanical Engineer. He had held the post since 1912.<br /> <br /> This photograph shows CR 939. It had been numbered 71 by the Highland Railway and named 'River Tay'. It was withdrawn from service in December 1936.