Three-quarter view of Northern Railways Loco. MTR No. 1. The engine plate carries the words "Dick, Kerr & Co, Limited, London. Britannia Engineering Works, Kilmarnock 1910." Just above this another small plate explains that it was renovated by the Amritsar Workshops in September 1990. Details about its sister engine (NR MTR 2) in the National Rail Museum, New Delhi, probably apply here too: "Indian Saddle Tank Steam engine ... a local shunting and freight engine." This one is now on a concrete plinth outside the General Manager's Office, Northern Railway, at Baroda House, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, India. [Click on these images to enlarge them.]


Left: The engine plate. Right: A side view of the steam engine.

Grace's Guide gives a history and chronology for the manufacturer. The partnership was formed in 1883 by "spinning out the rail and tramway activities from W. B. Dick and Co with John Kerr and was given the name of Dick, Kerr and Co; the company built around fifty locomotives up to 1919." It had its Britannia works in Kilmarnock in Scotland, as the engine plate says, but its head office in Leadenhall Street (later, in Preston), hence the different locations given on the plate.

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