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The Caledonian Railway had no fewer than 8 Locomotive Superintendents or Chief Mechanical Engineers between 1847 and 1923. Robert Sinclair 1847-1856, Benjamin Connor 1856-1876, George Brittain 1876-1882, Dugald Drummond 1882-1890, Hugh Smellie 1890, John Lambie 1891-1895, John F. McIntosh 1895-1914 and William Pickersgill 1914-1923.

The earliest of these whose locomotives survived into British Railways' ownership was Dugald Drummond (1840-1912), who was Locomotive Superintendent of the North British Railway before moving to the Caledonian in 1882. His designs included successful 0-4-4 suburban tanks, 0-6-0 tender locomotives, and 4-4-0s, all of which were developed by his successors. His "Jumbo" or "Caley Goods" 0-6-0s, of which 244 examples were built, making them the most numerous class on the Caledonian Railway, proved particularly long-lived, and quite a few of them survived into British Railways' ownership. Drummond left the Caledonian to finish his career as Locomotive Superintendent of the London & South Western Railway in 1890.

Drummond was succeeded in 1890 by Hugh Smellie (1840-1891), who had in turn previously been Locomotive Superintendent of the Maryport & Carlisle and Glasgow & South Western Railways. After only a few weeks, however, he was forced by ill health to resign and died the following year.

Smellie's successor was John Lambie (1833-1895), who was Locomotive Superintendent of the Caledonian Railway from 1891 until his death in 1895. He produced some successful 0-4-4 tank engines, some of which were equipped with condensing apparatus for working through the Glasgow Tunnels.

Following Lambie's death, his assistant John F. McIntosh took the reins to bring the Caledonian Railway successfully into the twentieth century.

Dugald Drummond "Jumbo" standard goods class 0-6-0 at Glasgow Polmadie MPD on 15 August 1948. Image copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Another Drummond "Jumbo," No. 57472, awaits scrapping at Bo'ness on 4 October 1961. Note the Westinghouse brake pump for passenger work, and the stovepipe chimney, as fitted to many of the "Jumbos." Image copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Drummond's 264 "Pug" Class 0-4-0ST of 1885 was actually a standard Neilson design of which examples were also built for the North British Railway (LNER Class Y7). No. 56039 is shown here shunting at Whiteinch, Glasgow on 1 September 1958. Image copyright RuthAS and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
John Lambie 19 Class 5' 9" 0-4-4 suburban tank, of which ten were built in 1895. It is shown here at Dingwall on the Highland Railway on 26 September 1957 Image copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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