'Salmon' returns to Scotland


Andrew Barclay Works Number 2139 of 1942 'Salmon'

A steam locomotive manufactured in Kilmarnock by local engine builders Andrew Barclay and Sons has returned to Scotland after a working life and preservation career in England.

The locomotive which was built in 1942 as works number 2139 spent its working life with Stewarts & Lloyds, based at both Harlaxton and Woolsthorpe ironstone quarries.

It was named SALMON in memory of HMS Salmon that was an S - Class Submarine that was lost with all hands in July 1940.  Initially preserved at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, then at the Rutland Railway Museum, in 2000 the locomotive moved to the Swindon and Cricklade Railway where it was restored again to operational condition.

The locomotive has now moved to the Royal Deeside Railway

in Aberdeenshire, where it will be used to haul steam

passenger services over the rebuilt railway.  In recent years, the Royal Deeside Railway has become reliant on hiring-in locomotives, and SALMON will be based at the railway for the remaining years of its current boiler ticket.