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From Scottish Glens to the South African Veldt

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The Highland Railway steam locomotive 103 ‘Jones Goods’ will soon make the short journey to the Riverside Museum. It is the largest object to leave the now-closed Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall. But did you know that it is a cousin of Glasgow Museum’s largest object, the South African Railways locomotive 3007, below? Both had links to the same Highlands-born engineer.

This is South African Railways locomotive 3007 shortly after its return to the UK in 2007. To get to Glasgow it crossed South Africa, sailed to Germany, then Immingham, before finally being driven to Glasgow.

Highland Railway locomotive 103 was built in 1894. It was the most powerful locomotive in Britain at the time, and the first to use the 4-6-0 wheel arrangement. It was designed by renowned engineer David Jones, hence the nickname ”Jones Goods”. But assisting Jones was David Hendrie. Born in 1861 in Castle Heather, near Inverness, Hendrie began his career at Highland Railway, before moving to Glasgow to work at the locomotive firm of Sharp Stewart. In 1893, aged 32, he returned to Highland Railway as chief draughtsman. 

Hendrie next moved to Natal, in modern South Africa, and went on to become the first chief mechanical engineer of South African Railways. He designed locomotives to suit the mountainous and desolate geography of South Africa, no doubt aided by his experience of designing locomotives for the Highlands of Scotland. It was his designs that led to the 15F class locomotive, of which our 3007 belongs.

Click here to watch a short clip of Highland Railway locomotive 103 being prepared for its removal from the Museum of Transport.

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  1. […] From Scottish Glens to the South African Veldt. Highland Railway locomotive 103 moved onto a lorry. […]


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