Edinburgh Railways in the 1950s

NCB Loco  -  No 13


National Coal Board loco No 13 and three railway workers

National Coal Board  -  Loco No 13

  Reproduced by courtesy of Archie Foley


Where was this photograph of  three railway workers with National Coal Board locomotive No 13 taken?

I believe that it was probably taken in the Edinburgh area in the 1950s, as were all the other photos from the same source that have been identified.



Thank you to Patrick for providing the following comments:

Woodburn Junction

"I'm fairly sure that NCB No 13 is at Woodmuir Junction box. The box in the background look like that in the Woodmuir Junction photo  and the shunter (bloke with the pole) beside the engine is also, I think, in the group on the 'box steps. I guess this latter photo was taken from a locomotive.

Woodmuir Junction was, as far as I can tell, between Addiewell and Breich. There was a line off the main line (Edinburgh-Shotts-Glasgow C) leading to exchange sidings (in the background of the photo of the bloke standing outside the 'box). From here a branch ran SW to Woodmuir pit. I assume the NCB pug worked to/from there. It is a standard Andrew Barclay (Caledonia Works, Kilmarnock) type. A similar one works nowadays at the Caledonian Railway in Brechin. In the photo beside the box can be seen the tender of a main-line loco.

Woodmuir pit opened in 1896, and closed in 1963.

Visit to Addiewell/Breich

If it is a nice day tomorrow, I might go out to Addiewell/Breich and have a look around. Not much in the photographs to go by, but there is (maybe) a flat-topped bing in the background of one photo."

Patrick Hutton visited Addiewell/Breich after sending the comments above, and took some photographs of the area.  He found no remaining evidence of the Woodmuir Junction signal box.

With acknowledgement to Patrick Hutton  -  April 2004



December 2006

Patrick Hutton contacted me again today (December 18, 2006) and said:

Woodburn Junction (confirmed)

"I had preciously placed the photograph of 'NCB loco No 13' at Woodmuir 'Box in West Lothian.

I picked up one of those Stenlake photograph books ('Industrial Locomotives of the Lothians') yesterday which corroborates this rather nicely."

Patrick mentioned that the book also had further information about this locomotive:

"The locomotive was delivered new in 1907 for work at Loganlea Colliery, near Addiewell.

 A spell at Greenrigg Colliery (Whitburn) was followed by a return to Loganlea in 1950.  It moved to Polkemmet in 1957, and scrapped in Dec 1963.

So the photo at Woodmuir is between 1950 and 1957."

With acknowledgement to Patrick Hutton  -  December 18, 2006



January 2007

Thank you to Alec Dingwall who wrote:

"My Grandad is also seen holding a shunting pole in front of NCB-13."

National Coal Board loco No 13 and three railway workers

Alec Dingwall:  January 21, 2007

Alec also mentioned that his dad appeared in the signal box doorway on this photograph:

Six railway workers on the steps of Woodmuir Junction Signal Box in West Lothian



The Photographer

This appears to be the photographer and railway worker who took many railway photographs in the 1950s.  Who is he?               The Railway Snapper who took Railway Photos in and around Edinburgh in the 1950s and 1960s.  Who was he?

The Photographer

Here are two photos of the man who is thought to have taken the photo at the top of this page and other railway photos in and around Edinburgh in the 1950s and 1960s.

 Archie Foley, Joppa, believes that he was a railway worker when he took these photos.  If you recognise him, please email me to let me know.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh



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