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Cock o' The North

 

Last weekend was the Pickering Railways at War event with what appeared to be thousands of visitors to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. There were several locomotives in steam over the period and the trains were packed to capacity and beyond.

 

Ex British Rail 9F, 92214, is seen here at Grosmont Station waiting to pick up the goods train and move on to Goathland Station for the Home Guard role paly later in the afternoon. 92214 has recentley been moved to the NYMR and named Cock o' The North. The name was chosen to reflect the power and imposing presence of the locomotive together with its association with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. It is the traditional epithet attached to the Chief of the Gordon Clan, and reflects the historic power of the Highland Clans.

 

 

Cock o' The North

 

Last weekend was the Pickering Railways at War event with what appeared to be thousands of visitors to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. There were several locomotives in steam over the period and the trains were packed to capacity and beyond.

 

Ex British Rail 9F, 92214, is seen here at Grosmont Station waiting to pick up the goods train and move on to Goathland Station for the Home Guard role paly later in the afternoon. 92214 has recentley been moved to the NYMR and named Cock o' The North. The name was chosen to reflect the power and imposing presence of the locomotive together with its association with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. It is the traditional epithet attached to the Chief of the Gordon Clan, and reflects the historic power of the Highland Clans.

 

 

comments (7)

I do not think anyone does these better than you do Les. Another superb picture.
Les Auld: Thanks you Frances, appreciate the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Oct 2011, 07:37
Lovely stuff Les. I am not familiar with this loco but I wish they'd not given it this name. The people who built Tornado are (I think) embarking on an LNER P2 2-8-2 which should by rights have this name
Les Auld: I'm sure the name could be transferred Chris, I'm fairly ambivalent about names, there are several Black 5s named in preservation and many industrials. Thanks for the comment.
There was an A2 train of this name that I saw in my train spotting days in the late 50's. It had a very different number from this and was not of this design.
Les Auld: very different Richard, the LNER P2/A2 did not last that long either. Thanks for the comment.
All of the P2s were rebuilt as A2s so none survived into preservation. It will be interesting to see if the do build one. I think only about half a dozen were built originally! I agree with Chris about the name. In fact i'm not convinced about giving engines names they never had originally.

Nice pic of what was a fine class of loco
Les Auld: If the P2 does come about it will be many years before it will steam though and I'm sure the name could be transferred. It is a grand loco though, thanks for the comment.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 19 Oct 2011, 10:37
I agree with Frances - when it comes to trains you are the master Les smile Another great shot!
Les Auld: Thanks Thomas, appreciate the comment.
Yet another excellent shot Les, one of my favourite classes of loco,I'm with Chris and Bill on this naming subject.
Les Auld: I'm fairly ambivalent Frank about the name but she is a fine engine. Thanks for the comment.
A great shot of a 9F Les,she looks really good. Re the name I'm not sure about using it this way. According to my 1957/8 Combined Edition the original was Class A2 No.60501 which I did get to see.
Les Auld: The A2 was converted from the original P2 if memory serves me right Brian, as for the name I am fairly relaxed about it. If the owner wants to give it a name and the attraction helps keep it in service then fine. Thanks for the comment.

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