Old Photograph Steam Train Merlin Railway Station Haymarket Edinburgh Scotland

Old photograph of the 86 V Class steam train Merlin in the railway station at Haymarket in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Great Northern Railway named these locomotives after birds of prey: 83 Eagle, 84 Falcon, 85 Merlin, 86 Peregrine, and 87 Kestrel. The V class were the first three-cylinder compound locomotives in Ireland. They had a round-topped firebox and Stephenson valve gear and weighed 103 tons 11 cwt including tender. The result was an engine that looked dramatically larger than their predecessor the S Class.

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