Caledonian Railway's No. 419 is set to visit the North Norfolk Railway for their Spring Steam Gala 2019.
The North Norfolk's Spring Steam Gala is going to be held on the 5th - 7th of April 2019 with No.419 running along side the North Norfolk's home fleet of locomotives.
Caledonian Railway No. 419 is visiting with the courtesy of the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway in Scotland. No.419 is the Scottish Railway Presevation Society's flagship locomotive.
A small history on Caledonian Railway No.419:
Built by the Caledonian Railway at St Rollox Works, Glasgow, in 1907 No.419 was designed by J.F. Mcintosh for branch line work, fast suburban and banking duties.
The locomotive was one of the Caledonian Railway 439 class, which totalled 92 engines built between 1900 and 1925, almost all of them at St Rollox works in Glasgow. They saw duty all over the Caledonian system, on suburban passenger trains, branch line work, train banking duties and shunting. The 439 class was a direct development of the earlier 0-4-4T locos of the 19 and 92 classes which could trace their parentage back to an 1884 design by the legendary Dugald Drummond.
No 419’s earliest service is not chronicled but by World War One it was shedded at Polmadie to work suburban trains out of Glasgow Central, a duty which it was to resume in 1952! However, still in Caledonian days (i.e. prior to 1923) it went south to Lockerbie where contrasting duties would have been light passenger work on the branch to Dumfries and banking turns on heavy trains from Beattock to Beattock summit.
Following the formation of the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923, the locomotive became No 15189 and its Caledonian Railway blue livery gave way to a more sombre black. Its home depot became Ardrossan and later Edinburgh Dalry Road. The LMS gave it a new boiler and fitted vacuum brakes to supplement the Westinghouse equipment favoured by the Caledonian.