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John Farquharson McIntosh (1846-1918) spent his entire career on the Scottish North Eastern Railway and its successor the Caledonian. He became Locomotive Superintendent of the Caledonian Railway upon the death of John Lambie in 1895. He was succeeded by William Pickersgill from the Great North of Scotland Railway on his retirement in 1914.
McIntosh designed several classes of 4-6-0 ranging from the massive express passenger "Cardean" to the 5 ft. wheeled "Obans." It has to be admitted that none of them were very good steamers. The "908" Class, shown here with a Pickersgill side-window cab, was an intermediate mixed traffic locomotive with 5 ft. 9 in. driving wheels
Probably McIntosh's most famous and successful locomotive was the "721" or "Dunalistair" Class 4-4-0, with 6 ft. 6 in. driving wheels, of which a total of fifteen were built commencing in 1896. No. 121 was withdrawn after being involved in the Quintinshill disaster, but a few survived into British Railways ownership. So successful was the "Dunalastair" design that Belgian State Railways built 424 locomotives to the same design between 1899 and 1913.
Preserved McIntosh "812" Class 0-6-0 No. 828, perhaps the most ubiquitous class of McIntosh's locomotives. Image İ copyright Mary and Angus Hogg and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Video of No. 828 at work may be seen here and here
Among McIntosh's more long-lived designs was his "92" Class of 0-4-4 suburban tank locomotives. No. 419 of this class has happily been preserved by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society Image İ copyright Henry Clark and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Video of No. 828 at work may be seen here
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