Dunrobin at Fort Steele, Canada 18-6-1970
These fantastic images recently came to us courtesy of Mr Peter Clark, who had inherited them from his late friend Mr Ray Manning. Ray had chanced across Fort Steele on the 18th June 1970 and found Dunrobin in steam.
He was made welcome and spent the day photographing the locomotive in both colour and black and white. These views are a selection from his collection that day.
He also photographed various other preserved Canadian steam locomotives and in time we will try and make these available online.
What is interesting about the views, apart from their great clarity, is that they show Dunrobin while it was still working on the vacuum brake. It was later converted to air braking, which entailed the addition of the pump on the front footplate.
The engine has, at the time of these views, been overhauled and electric lighting (and steam generator atop the boiler) has been fitted. Otherwise it is very much the condition it left the UK in and in which it had been maintained at New Romney (complete with dreadful white walls on the tyres!).
It is wonderful when images like this turn up and we are grateful to Mr Manning and in turn Mr Clark for taking the images and then realising they would be of significance to Beamish.
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