Three-quarter view of Northern Railways Loco. MTR No. 2. This is the sister engine to Northern Railways Loco. MTR No. 1, manufactured by Dick, Kerr & Co, Limited, London. Britannia Engineering Works, Kilmarnock 1910. It was a local shunting and freight engine, built in 1910 by Dick, Kerr and Co at their Britannia Works in Kilmarnock, Scotland. According to the tourist guide, the engine "originally worked at the port of Karachi for 7 years and then was used at Marala Timber Depot before ending up on the Northern Railway at a Creosote Plant at Dilwan." This one was renovated by the Amritsar Workshops too, and is plinthed at the National Rail Museum, Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

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.

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