Bought this photo at a swapmeet a few weeks ago. It is almost A2 size and very high quality. The seller said it was from the collection of a now defunct book publisher, no details on the rear. It is obviously post 1973, TOPS, and Train Reporting Numbers were abandonned in 1976. So 1973-1976. 20137 was an Eastfield loco from 05/74 until withdrawal in 12/92. Did Eastfield supply some 20s for banking when 68D closed? I always thought they were outstationed from Motherwell in threes and were exchanged on a weekly basis as no fuel nor servicing was available at 68D by this time. Maybe borrowed. Peaks and Class 40s were eventually banned from Glasgow Central due to wheelbase and derailments on the complicated trackwork, does anyone know when?? But Peaks were very rare visitors to the WCML in Scotland in any case after the initial very brief 1959 Class 44 allocation to Camden were transferred away.
The Peak is unidentifiable. It is possible the Peak was on an S&C diversion but on the WCML 1M24 is a Glasgow to Birmingham train reporting number. Was this a breakdown involving a VERY rare working, or maybe some wag had played with the blinds? But the question is what is the date of the photo and what was the Peak doing there at all? Somebody somewhere will have a record of the event.
One very interesting detail, is confirmation that at least some of the Beattock staff cottages were modernised, there is a dormer window visible on the left. The Harthope cottages had gone by 1966, unmodernised, when did the Baettock station ones go? I think there were three blocks, one going some time before the other two?
The day to day working of the Caledonian Railway Company, including its constituents and successors.
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Further thought, the Peak may have brought in a works train to Beattock from further south and wasny actually broken down, So maybe the headcode just happened to be on the back?? 1M24 did exist on the Midland mainline, but as far as I can tell, it was much further south, possibly Bradford, Sheffield or Derby to St Pancras.