From the 1955 Observers Book of Trains. Art by Salty, SIF
This engine ignited a fierce debate in “The Eight Famous Engines” (1957) about which station was at London by baldly assuming it was Euston — actually the most likely London station to connect to Barrow-in-Furness and thus Sodor. Gordon refers to the LNER terminus at King's Cross and Duck the GWR station at Paddington. Gordon's final destination St. Pancras, right next to King's Cross, belonged to the old Midland and thus LMS, as Euston, so there is linking trackwork.
Anyway, this “Patriot” class 4-6-0 designed by Sir Henry Fowler could easily be the loco, recognised from a very four-square firebox and straight smoke deflectors. Introduced in 1930, 52 of these engines ran over LMS metals; none have been preserved.
However, correspondent Ernest Leung points out that the original Fowler parallel-boilered “Royal Scot” from 1927 is almost identical to the Patriot. The only significant difference is that the “Scot's” boiler is bigger and chimney/dome are smaller. While Stanier rebuilt most of the Scots with taper boiler from 1943 onwards, a few escaped rebuilding, and perhaps the illustration is indeed a Scot. Decide for yourself from the picture of a “Royal Scot” below. Of the “Scots”, 6100 “Royal Scot” and 6115 “Scots Guardsman” survive in the rebuilt state from a build of 71.
Official Photo of “Royal Scot”. From Millburn Associates.
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|Royal Scot||1963-10-20||The Royal Scot locomotive reaches its final destination - Butlin's in Skegness, Lincolnshire (Metadata).|
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