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WE REGRET THIS BOOK IS NO LONGER IN PRINT

SCOTTISH IVATT
CLASS 2MT 2-6-0s
A pictorial album

By IAIN A H SMITH

ISBN: 1-900467-25-9
Size: 172mm x 245mm (approx), 48pp
Colour cover with two pictures,
62 black and white pictures


Price: £6.95 including p&p

Available by post from:
Mr Iain A H Smith,
14 Moathill East,
Cupar,
Fife KY15 4DT
Scotland

Telephone 01334 655965
Email iainahsmith@tudorminstrel.free-online.co.uk

Henry George Ivatt was appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway from 1 February 1946. During his term as CME he started to replace many of the older types of locomotive. Intended for use mainly on cross-country and branch line routes, his Class 2MT 2-6-0 locomotives soon proved to be reliable and economic in operation. They also became very popular with engine crews and mechanical staff because of innovations which reduced maintenance and gave the footplate crew a degree of comfort that had been lacking on earlier engines. The locomotives soon demonstrated that they could deliver quite snappy acceleration as well as being able to give a good turn of speed. The L.M.S. went on to build 20 Class 2MT 2-6-0s to the new design, numbered 6400-6419, between 1946 and 1947. After nationalisation a further 108 engines, numbered 46420-46527 were built by British Railways before the design was incorporated, with very little modification, into BR's own Standard Class 2 in 1953. Of the 128 Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-0s built, seven now survive in preservation.

This book outlines the history of these locomotives at work in Scotland, from the early arrivals, Nos. 46460-46464 which were allocated to Scottish sheds from new between May and August 1950, through to the 13 examples transferred from other regions between 1961 and 1963. Each locomotive is featured in pictures taken on shed, or at work on the typical branch and secondary main line services throughout Scotland for which they were so suited. In view of the similarity of design and at first glance that they look almost like the Ivatt engines, pictures are included of some of the 10 BR Standard 78000 numbered Class 2MT 2-6-0 locomotives that were were allocated to Scottish sheds to work alongside the original Ivatt engines, undertaking similar duties. Finally each of the seven Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-0s that escaped scrapping is featured, either in BR days or in preservation.

The book has over 60 photographs, many previously unpublished, detailed captions to each picture, descriptions of some of the long-lost Scottish branch lines upon which these locomotives worked, a map showing these lines, and appendices of build dates, shed allocations and withdrawal dates.

The author, Iain A H Smith, has spent many years researching the history of these engines and finding sorces of photographs of them at work. He has also worked on the footplate on a heritage railway in Scotland and has travelled extensively worldwide in search of steam.

He is a director of The Carmyllie Pilot Company Ltd. In July 2000 the Company was set up to restore and subsequently operate No.46464, one of the engines allocated to Scotland in 1950. This engine had become known as 'The Carmyllie Pilot' during its time working the little-known Carmyllie branch in Angus. Upon withdrawal it was fortunately saved and worked for a time on the Strathspey Railway. Following purchase by The Carmyllie Pilot Company it was moved to a private site near to its old haunts where work continues on a thorough overhaul, including extensive work to the boiler.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will help fund the overhaul and return to steam of this locomotive.

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