Old Photograph Steam Train Blue Peter Railway Station Haymarket Edinburgh Scotland

Old photograph of the London and North Eastern Railway Peppercorn A2 Class No. 60532 steam train Blue Peter in the railway station at Haymarket in Edinburgh, Scotland. 60532 was named in the LNER tradition of using the names of famous racehorses. Blue Peter III was the name of a horse owned by Harry Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery, which in 1939 won races including the Epsom Derby and the 2000 Guineas. The horse earned almost £32,000 for Lord Rosebury, more than enough to purchase three Doncaster Pacific locomotives at the time. In the autumn of 1949 five A2's were overhauled at Doncaster where a number of modifications were made, including the fitting of a multiple valve regulator and a double blastpipe and chimney, together with Kylchap cowls. In addition, 60532 received a second whistle placed offside behind the chimney. Subsequently the five A2's, including 60532, moved to Scotland. 60532 was allocated to Aberdeen, used mainly on express passenger services between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, which benefited from their greater power and acceleration. 60532's final rail tour was in October 1966 over the Waverley Line and the West Coast Main Line over Beattock. 60532 was withdrawn from service on 31 December 1966, and put into storage.

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