Elgin return

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Dave Lochrie
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Elgin return

Post by Dave Lochrie » Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:46 am

Not talking marbles here but through coaches.
There are certain views so beloved by Victorian and Edwardian commercial photographers that they seem to have been visited time and again. Some of these are traditional honeypot views, but fortunately there are also more obscure subjects too. There is a well-known earlier George Washington Wilson version of this view of Buckie on the GNSR coast line, but this enlargement of a later postcard shows an Aberdeen bound train (was this "up" or did the GNSR not recognise the existence of London?), with a foreign LNWR style coach at the rear of a GNSR rake.
Thro CR carriage at Buckie GNSR.jpg
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The last carriage is a Caledonian Diag 29B, 45ft, Lav Bk Compo originally built as WCJS P21B. The Caledonian acquired 15 as it's share and incorporated the lone compartment nearest the camera with the adjacent luggage compartment to provide Guards accommodation and at least 5 were modified as slip coaches. The through coach to Elgin was a twice a day occurance originating one from Buchanan Street and one from Perth, and back, the carriage for the Glasgow service, at least was provided by a GNSR vehicle on alternate days, according to the Marshalling of Trains, 1913. I haven't identified a photo of a Caledonian Northern Section train photo with a GNSR carriage, has anyone else come across this?

Dave L

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