Back in about 1962 my dad got the Bedford Dormobile. Before then, holidays meant ‘camp’ and that still continued, but we also started to go further afield and that included a tour north. We just got into Scotland. My dad took us as far as Lockerbie which is some 17 miles from the England/Scotland border.

It was my first trip into Scotland and it very much was in the train spotting era. I made my way to the station – and I have no photos to prove it.

But there, shunting, was a rather nice little engine. It was the only engine I ever saw numbered in the 50 000s and we can see it underlined in my Winter 1961/62 issue of the Ian Allan ABC – London Midland and Scottish Regions.


With no photo of my own, I’ll add a photo of a similar engine from the same ABC book.


The photo, I see, is by D. A. Anderson

Because of this visit, Lockerbie was a place that mattered to me and we sometimes stopped there when we visited Scotland. In August 1998 I even visited the station.


Of course, there was no longer an old lady of a steam engine shunting. The line was electrified and clearly I didn’t have the patience or inclination to wait for a train.

This was a first holiday with a digital camera. I took tiny photos and thought it absolutely wonderful.

By the way, Lockerbie is a pleasing enough place. You don’t have to be a railway nerd to enjoy it.


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