30777 ‘Sir Lamiel’ is one of the “Scotch Arthurs” – ie one of the batch of King Arthur Class Locomotives which were built for the Southern Railway by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. Which means that if she could speak, Lamiel would have a pronounced Glaswegian accent. She left Scotland as soon as she was built, and so far as we know, no Arthurs worked in Scotland during their service (if you know differently please let us know and send us the references for our archive). So we were very interested when we were asked whether Lamiel could stand in for ‘Lord Nelson’ at short notice on the Railway Touring Club’s “Christmas Heart of Midlothian” trip to Edinburgh on the 20th of December (see www.railwaytouring.co.uk). The fact that Lamiel is currently at Southall Depot near London was a slight issue, but West Coast Railway Company have worked out a light engine path which will get Lamiel to York after the Sherborne trip on the 18th so that she is in place ready for the trip to the land of her birth on the 20th. This will, if it all works ok, be an historic trip as it will be the first time that an Arthur has gone back to Scotland in preservation and probably since they were built up there. She won’t be going back to Glasgow on this trip – we can’t have all our sweeties at once, we will save that up for later.
By Info | Thursday, December 11, 2008 | Tags : 30777