St Margaret's Railway
Cleaners at Work
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ian Hastie, Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Photographer not known
Thank you to Ian Hastie for sending me this
"This photo was taken around the
late-1940s. My mother is one of the cleaners in the photo. I
don't know the names of any of the others, but maybe somebody else will
recognise some of them.
My mother, Catherine (Kate) Hastie, is second
from the right at the bottom of this photo."
Ian Hastie, Coventry,
Warwickshire, England: June 28+29 and July 7, 2011
Who are the Cleaners?
If you recognise any of the other cleaners on this photo,
please email me and let me know. Thank you.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: June 29,
Thank you to David King who added:
"What an interesting photo.
The engine is number 4674 Loch Arkaig.
(One of the cleaners is in front of part of the
name.) These engines were LNER Class K2 and
were originally built for the Great Northern Railway, having been designed
in 1918 by Nigel Gresley. The GNR (which operated between Kings Cross and
Doncaster) became part of the LNER in 1923. A number of these engines
were transferred to Scotland to be used on the West Highland Line between
Glasgow Queen Street and Fort William in 1933, and they were then given
‘migrated’ to the Lowlands, including Edinburgh, where they were mainly
used on express goods trains. The date of the photograph may be a little
earlier than suggested as the engines were re-numbered (along with all
LNER engines) in 1946, this engine becoming number 1764 and, when British
Railways was formed in 1948, number 61764. Possibly the picture dates
from wartime, when women were employed as cleaners to fill in for men who
had been called up to the armed services."
David King, Trinity, Edinburgh: June 29, 2011