NBR 211 1880s Haymarket MPD
North British Railway 2-2-2 No. 211. Built by Beyer Peacock & Co. in 1861 (as Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway No. 1) , rebuilt at Cowlairs in 1890 and withdrawn in 1910. This wonderful photograph dates to circa 1885 and was taken at Edinburgh Hamarket Shed. Once you've all stopped admiring this glorious example of Victorian motive power, let your eyes wander beyond. You'd be forgiven for thinking it was the 'Tower of London' behind the boiler, but in fact it's the towers of Donaldson's School for the Deaf built in 1850 and still in situ. To the right we can see the chimney and warehouse of 'Haymarket Flour Mills'. So now you know!
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