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No 9 tank engine prepares to leave MOT

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One of the Museum of Transport’s best-loved locomotives, the No 9 tank engine, is getting ready to move to Riverside. Yesterday, decant and haulage crews spent several hours positioning the lorry and rails before slowly manoeuvring the 31-tonne tank engine onto the low-loader. The photo below shows the tank engine shortly before Riverside’s conservation team wrapped the engine in protective sheeting.

G&SWR’s No 9 tank engine on the back of a low-loader at the Museum of Transport. Next stop Riverside.

The No 9 is the last locomotive remaining from the Glasgow & South Western Railway.  The company ran lines across southwest Scotland from the St Enoch Station in Glasgow’s city centre.

Tank engines carry their own fuel and water supply, making them idea for confined areas such as docks or collieries.  No 9 worked in Greenock Docks and also at Hafod Colliery, Denbighshire, after being sold to the Carlton Collieries Association.

No 9 was built by the North British Locomotive Company at its Hyde Park Works in Springburn in 1917.


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  1. […] Hyde Park Works, one of the company’s three Glasgow Works.  It was from this factory that our No. 9 tank engine rolled onto the rails in […]

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