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TITLE
LMS 14756 'River Ness', July 1937
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HRS_LOCOMOTIVES_008_521
PLACENAME
unidentified
DATE OF IMAGE
1 July 1937
PERIOD
1930s
SOURCE
Highland Railway Society
ASSET ID
25969
KEYWORDS
railway locomotives
Highland Railway locomotives
LMS 14756 'River Ness', July 1937

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 LMS 14756 'River Ness' (previously HR 70 and CR 938) in July 1937. It was withdrawn from service in November 1939.

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LMS 14756 'River Ness', July 1937

1930s

railway locomotives; Highland Railway locomotives

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 LMS 14756 'River Ness' (previously HR 70 and CR 938) in July 1937. It was withdrawn from service in November 1939.