Old Photograph Steam Train Velocity Railway Station Haymarket Edinburgh Scotland

Old photograph of the Peppercorn Class A2 steam train Velocity in the railway station at Haymarket in Edinburgh, Scotland. The London and North Eastern Railway Peppercorn Class A2 is a class of steam locomotive designed for express passenger work by Arthur Peppercorn, the chief designer of the LNER after Edward Thompson. All save the first of the 15 built were constructed under British Railways after nationalisation in 1948. Initially the A2s were based at depots the length of the East Coast Main Line, ranging from Peterborough, England, in the south to Edinburgh's Haymarket. In 1949 five were put to work on the Edinburgh to Dundee to Aberdeen route and proved the ideal engines for its stiff gradients and sharp curvature. The A2s also worked to Perth, Perthshire, Glasgow, Carlisle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and occasionally more southerly outposts

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