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The last Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Caledonian Railway, William Pickersgill (1861-1928), trained on the Great Eastern Railway and was later Locomotive Superintendent of the Great North of Scotland Railway become becoming CME of the Caledonian Railway in 1914. He built a number of interesting designs including 0-4-4Ts, 0-6-0s, 4-4-0s and an unusual design of 4-6-2T, as well as some 4-6-0s, although it has to be said none of the latter were very successful.
Pickersgill built six of his Class 60 6 ft. 1 in. 4-6-0s in 1916-17, and a further 20 were added by the LMS in 1925-27. Nicknamed the "Greybacks," they were good-steaming and powerful locomotives, but capable of little in the way of speed. No. 44502 is seen at Motherwell MPD on 15 August 1948. The locomotive seems to have been involved in a mishap -- note the bent running plate just behind the buffer beam. Image © copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Twelve of Pickersgill's 944 “Wemyss Bay Tank” Class 4-6-2 tanks were built in 1917 for the Caledonian Railway boat trains from Glasgow to Greenock and Wemyss Bay; shown here at Beattock MPD.
Pickersgill 294 Class 0-6-0 No. 57653 294 Class at Carlisle. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Pickergill '72' class 6' 6" 4-4-0 No. 14493 at Inverness MPD on 22 August 1948. Image © copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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