Ken Livermore will speak on "Engines of the North British Locomotive Company"
Ken gave a structured illustration of the
immense variety of steam, diesel and electric locomotives produced by the world-famous
firm. Formed in 1903 by the amalgamation of three existing Glasgow based firms,
Dubs, Neilson Reid and Sharp Stewart, it soon became Europe’s largest and most
prolific builder of steam locomotives.
At its height, the NBL workshops
occupied 60 acres of land, employed more than 8,000 people and had the capacity
to construct more than 800 main line steam locomotives per year. The firm went
on to build more than 28,000 locomotives for railways all over the world.
We were given a regional tour of UK locos constructed in the works, followed by a fascinating world-wide focus describing the locos in action and decline, ending with a brief history of some preserved examples.