John Speller's Web Pages Belfast & Northern Counties Railway Locomotives

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Before the Belfast & Northern Counties Railway morphed into the Northern Counties Committee of the Midland Railway in 1903, it had a very interesting locomotive history. Bowman Malcolm (1854-1933), who was Locomotive Superintendent of the B&NCR from 1876 to 1922, built a number of interesting 2-cylinder compound locomotives on the Worsdell-von Borries system. These locomotives had a non-automatic starting and intercepting valve, which had the advantage over earlier fully-automatic systems that the driver was able to override the compound system and work the locomotive as a simple engine if desired. Malcolm also made some early experiments in oil burning.
Belfast & Northern Counties Railway 6 ft. 0 in. compound 4-4-0 No. 62
2-4-0 compound No. 51 fitted for oil burning on James Holden's system
Bowman Malcolm (1854-1933), Locomotive Superintendent of the B&NCR from 1876 to 1922
5 ft. 0 in. 2-2-2 tank No. 24, built 1855, and one of the earliest locomotives to run on the BNCR
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